Daily Scripture Reading: Luke 5:19 KJV
Luke 5:19 KJV
(19) And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
Today’s Devotional Is WHERE A WILL IS, THERE’S a WAY!
This is a beautiful human story! As He taught, the crowds gathered around our Lord so much that it filled the entire house, including the Pharisees and learned people sitting nearby, but also the large number of people in the forecourt. So that He could reach the crowds inside and out, the Master might have been able to stand on the balcony in a double-storied building.
While He was lecturing, four men came up to Him, each one carrying a hammock that was slung between them. Although we are not told that they were young men in so many words, their ingenuity and earnestness lead us to believe this. They may have been school friends, or they could have “sown their wild oatmeal” together as children. One of them may have suffered the consequences. Our Lord clearly set the pardon of His sins prior to the healing of his body. They were likely to have heard Christ preaching and become His disciples. It was through their faith that Christ performed the miracle of healing and salvation. They decided that they would take their friend to Christ’s gracious presence by hook or by the crook. They were unable to navigate through the crowd, so they climbed on top of the roof and, according to records, “let him through the tiling”. The hammock was lowered by four ropes and strong hands.
Our Lord saluted him with tender, gracious words: “Man! Thy sins have been forgiven you!” Spiritual cleansing and forgiveness are two of the best ways to ensure your physical health. We would all be equally eager to share Christ with our friends. What a revival it would be if four people would agree on a fifth and not rest until they were brought to Jesus (Joh_4;28-30).
PRAYER for Today
Expand our souls with Divine Love so that we can hope all things and endure all things. Also, make us messengers of Thy healing mercy for the grievances, infirmities, and other human needs. AMEN.