People had followed Jesus to a house in Capernaum. They wanted to be witnesses to the miracles He was said to be able to perform. They wanted to hear what He had to say. Some were there purely out of curiosity. Others were there to try to discredit Jesus and His works. Some came to glorify Him. Others came to be healed.

One man that set out to be near Jesus had been bedridden with palsy. He had heard that Jesus, a miracle performer, was near. Four men graciously picked up his bed and carried him to meet Jesus.

But the crowd was huge. The people stood, blocking the entrances, making it impossible for the four men to carry their sick friend through the door. So they went through the roof. They lowered their friend into the house. Jesus saw their faith. He healed the man of his sin and of the palsy.

Do you have that same desire to be near Jesus? One in which you wouldn’t allow your flesh, other people or material possessions get in the way of a close relationship with Christ?

Overcoming all the obstacles was worth it to this man. It will be worth it to you too. Continue to seek Jesus. Don’t be deterred by the obstacles you may face.

Luke 5:18-26