The people of Capernaum heard that Jesus was at home. Jesus was still teaching when four people came, carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. Because of the crowd, they could not get him to Jesus. So they made a hole in the roof above Him and let the man down in front of everyone. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, He said to the crippled man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.” The man got right up. He picked up his mat and went out while everyone watched in amazement. (Mark 2:1-12)
“Four people came, carrying a paralyzed man.” There are times when we’re spiritually paralyzed, unable to get ourselves to Jesus. Consider David’s words: “I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me. I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching. I have strained my eyes, looking for Your help.”
Jeremiah also described the condition: “He shuts me in so I’ll never get out, manacles my hands, shackles my feet. Even when I cry out and plead for help, He locks up my prayers and throws away the key. He sets up blockades with quarried limestone. He’s got me cornered.”
And, the great apostle Paul said this to the church at Corinth: “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.”
At such times we need others to carry us to Jesus. We need others to bear our burdens—“Carry one another’s heavy loads. If you do, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” This is the time and place wherein Christian fellowship is tested. Will we do what Jesus did?
This is the story and testimony of John Tesh; yes, THE John Tesh. Listen carefully because someday YOU may be spiritually paralyzed!