Our passage of sharing today during our family fellowship: Matthew 9:12, Luke 5:18-20 and Mark 2:1-5. All these are based on one story that Jesus heals a paralytic. The main focus of the sharing by Sister Geok Lan is on the gospel.
From this story, we are not focusing on that paralyzed man, but the men who brings him to Jesus. I can tell that they have a great love for this paralyzed man and great faith in Jesus Christ can heal this man. We believe this paralyzed man is their friend (if not, then their love for this man is even greater) and they would have taken all their time and trouble to look for a doctor who can heal this paralyzed man. Once they heard of Jesus Christ and how Jesus has healed the sick. They then have faith in that Jesus Christ is the one who can heal this paralyzed man. Therefore, they bring this paralyzed man to where Jesus is. (They could have taken the trouble to look for the whereabout of Jesus). However, they met a big problem. The scripture told us that there is a crowd in the house and they have no way to bring the paralyzed man in.
Without great love and great faith, they could have bring this paralyzed man back to his home, apologize to him, tell him that they have tried their best, just that he is unlucky. But no, their great love for this man and great faith that Jesus is the only one who can heal this paralyzed man prevents them from losing heart. Without any discussion on what's the plan, they all go up to the roof and make an opening and lower the paralyzed man down. Point 1, this house is not theirs, they could be charged for making an opening in the roof. Point 2, they have never been to the house, thus they need to spend great amount of effort and time to find Jesus in the house. Point 3, carrying the paralyzed man is not an easy task. We assume that the paralyzed man is not a children. The mattress that he is lying on is not light at all too. So imagine they have to carry him all the way to the house Jesus in, climbed up to the roof and the process of lowering him down to in front of Jesus. Guess how much effort or energy have these men put. One wrong step will cause this paralyzed man to lose his life (imagine fall off the mattress during all these trips). So from these points, we can see, without the great love and great faith these men possessed, there is no way they can succeed in putting the paralyzed man in front of Jesus.
Think of ourselves now. Imagine all your friends and relatives who have not believe in Christ are the paralyzed man in this story. Are you one of those who possess the great love for the paralyzed man and great faith in Jesus Christ, who willing to sacrifice yourselves, to get the paralyzed man healed? Are you willing to spread gospel to them? Or bring them to church? May we be reminded by this sharing, willing to stand for our Lord, spread the gospel to all our friends and relatives who are non-believers. It is God's grace that they believe in Christ and receive the salvation, our job is to spread the gospel to them, so that they, too, have the chance or opportunity to hear about the gospel in this world, when they are still living.
That's all. Haha, good night.