One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat, and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”
In the book, Redemption, by Karen Kingsbury, Kari Baxter Jacobs has a husband who is not only cheating on her but actually moves in with his girlfriend. Kari refuses to give him a divorce because she has faith that God can save their relationship. That is faith way larger than a mustard seed. Joyce Meyer had this kind of faith to restore her relationship with her father who repeatedly raped her.
We don’t know who these four men were that hiked the paralyzed man and his mat onto the roof. The roofs at that time were probably seven-foot max with flat roofs made of mud, thatch, and ceiling tiles. There are three scenarios concerning the four men. They were either family, friends, strangers, or enemies. God doesn’t tell us who they are because we should be willing to do the same for anyone.
Most commentaries I’ve read talk about this incident as unstoppable, persistent faith, but wouldn’t we hike our grown child onto the roof to be healed if we only had the faith of a mustard seed? Jesus tells us in the next chapter of Luke we should love our enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything in return. (See Luke 6:35) God helps the unlovely, shouldn’t we, whether or not religious leaders are sitting in front of us?
Father God, help us remember that love is an action verb. Help us to go out of our way to help strangers. Help us to think of ways we can help the unlovely, our enemies, without risking our lives, to show we can love like you do.