Roof-Ripping Faith – “May Day! May Day! We’re going down!”
What kind of faith do you rely upon? When the struggles of this life are heavy do you rise to the occasion, or do you crumble like a house of dollar store cards? There are undoubtedly many challenges for us to face today. There is no spiritual bail-out proposed by our government, because they aren’t capable of bailing out a dingy with a pinhole leak, let alone your lifeboat.
When your friends that know you are a Christian see you, what do they see? Do they see a person filled with worry and questions? Do they see someone looking toward a corrupt Washington D.C. for their answers and relief?
Do they see a person who turns to their God as a last resort? OR, do they see someone who seems to exude faith in Christ, a Christ of history, and a Christ of faith?
There were friends of a paralyzed man who were willing to tear a hole in a persons roof just to get to Christ because they KNEW He could heal their friend. Here is the account in the Bible:
Luke 5:17-26 (NASB)
Lk 5:17 One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.
18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him.
19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
20 Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”
22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
23 “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
24 “But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—”I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.”
25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.
26 They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
These friends had unhesitant faith that was unmistakable because they went to great lengths for their friend in order to get him in the presence of Jesus the Christ. They did so because their faith was roof-ripping faith.
They attached ropes to their paralyzed friend and they made their way to the roof, then they cut a hole in the roof, then, as any proper friend would do, they lowered him into the room where Jesus was.
What must people in the room have thought when the thatch and mud roof began to rain down showers of dirt and thatch upon their heads as Jesus the Christ was in the process of teaching! Jesus was impressed by their actions and as a result, He healed the paralyzed man… Much to the Pharisee’s chagrin.
Jesus wasn’t moved by their rantings… He healed, and heals people. He takes action. Jesus had a bias for action and He respected the paralyzed man’s friends bias for action and their equally bold faith.
What must have the discussion between the paralyzed man and his friends have been like?
“Dude, you can’t walk, but we have this stellar idea of putting you on a pallet, carrying you to a roof on someone’s house that Jesus is at right now, and cutting a hole in the roof and letting you down through the hole to Jesus so He can heal you. What do you think?” “Roof! Cutting a hole! Why don’t we just go through the door like mere mortals do?” “Uh, yeah, the door…. See the place is packed, standing room only, and the door is blocked with so many people, we just thought all we have to do is get you through the roof and Jesus will heal you, and then you can WALK out of the door! Let’s do it!” ” Why not wait until Jesus moves on to somewhere else?” “No, now is the time for your healing!”
Jesus was a right now kind of teacher and healer… He has a bias for action in our lives, but especially in our faith.
Earlier in this chapter of Luke we find this nugget:
Luke 5:4-11 (NASB)
Lk 5:4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”
6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;
7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!”
9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;
10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.”
11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. (emphasis mine.)
These men were being called by Jesus to follow Him into the unknown, to forsake all of their possessions and their family, and their food, and their only way of life to follow this Man… And so they did. Obedience demands action, immediate and radical at times. Sometimes we must give up parts of ourselves that we believe define us in order to follow Christ. What have you given for Him today?
Hesitant faith is no faith at all and I will tell you this… Hesitant faith never ripped off a roof and healed a friend.
Are you willing to rip off a roof for faith?
Are you willing to follow Christ by learning of Him through His Word to us, the Bible?
Now is the time to rip off the roof!