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Too Crowded to Get to Jesus?

Some men came carrying a paralytic 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.

Luke 5:18-19


During a week-long vacation to Bear Trap, an Intervarsity Christian family camp in Colorado Springs, my family enjoyed biblical teaching each morning, activities in the afternoon, and skits each night.


On the last evening, the speaker reminded us that Jesus was the door, and it was our responsibility to help people find Him.


“Show them the door,” he'd said.

But sometimes we’re standing in the way. We become somewhat like the crowd that hinders the lost, sick, and lonely from getting through.


For nearly two years, we've had to avoid crowds and gatherings due to the pandemic. Either way, we're drawn to crowds or repelled by them. Say, “It might be crowded” and my husband isn’t budging, no way, no how.


The men who took it upon themselves to see to the need of a paralytic were not put off by the crowd, a group that remained seated and unresponsive to the situation. In the men's effort to find an entrance point to the house, they weren't giving up. Because Jesus was inside—the reason a crowd had gathered in the first place.


Their persistence wasn’t with the superficial spirit many have toward seeing a celebrity (did somebody say Donny Osmond?). They had a confident trust that laying the man before Jesus would result in healing—and they left the nature of healing in His hands.


First, the paralytic needed his sins forgiven, (vs 20) then physical healing. (vs 24)


He knows our greatest, soul-deep needs as well.


Only one week into 2022 and many of us have already been assaulted by crowds ... those filling the space of our mind and emotions.


Challenges, disappointment, doubt, loss, worry.


Maybe the Lord has asked us to seek reconciliation in a relationship, yet we’re mentally filled to the brim with reasons to avoid the effort. The situation feels desperately crowded with obstacles to success.


Maybe we're so concerned for a wayward soul(s) that the Lord has asked us to find rest of heart and get out of the way so they can find the door to Jesus.


Hush up and pray, Mary.


Let’s follow the example of these men who exhibited sure and certain faith that Jesus would do what was needed and were not put off by the crowd, saying "Sorry, Dude. Ain't no way in".


And by golly, let’s show people the door to get to the Healer so our fervor for Jesus doesn’t become thick with human effort and crowd the way to Him.


How disheartening for someone to take steps toward Jesus but discover our cynicism, disdain, or legalism has blocked all entrance points.


Are we willing to find a way through the crowd to Jesus for the benefit of others?

To what extent do we believe Jesus can heal? (yes, even that)

Do we consider a situation "too crowded" and give up?

Could it be that ... we are the crowd?


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8 Comments


Unknown member
Jan 19, 2022

Mary, what a great post! I've never looked at this Bible passage in the ways you describe. I have probably been all the various hindrances you mention here. The crowd, the one in the way of the door, the one with her attention in the wrong place. Thank you for the challenge to have eyes to see those who need to get through the door to meet the One who can heal.

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jan 20, 2022
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Beautifully expressed, Jeanne! How easy it is to "help" others without realizing my methods are merely hindering other's healing-physical, mental, spiritual.

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Unknown member
Jan 08, 2022

Great message! Just like we are so many times our own worst enemy we are also the door blocker. I needed this!

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jan 09, 2022
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Yes ... the door blocker instead of door knocker! Convicting, isn't it? Thanks for your thoughts, Teresa.

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Katherine Pasour
Katherine Pasour
Jan 08, 2022

Oh, my, Mary, you ask some REALLY tough questions--especially, "are we the crowd?" Am I in the way of someone coming to find Jesus? Am I blocking the pathway to our Savior? Now, that needs sincere reflection and ardent prayer from me to examine if I am a barrier. Thanks for asking the hard questions.

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jan 09, 2022
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I don't think any of us consciously thinks, "How can I block the way" yet we do it by our lack of response or, in my case, over enthusiasm for someone to know Jesus. Yes, these were tough questions for me, too. I appreciate your response ... to take the matter to reflection and prayer. I'll do the same!

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J.D. Wininger
J.D. Wininger
Jan 08, 2022

There is NOTHING that God can't do; and that includes helping us to get out of the way so that others can find their way to Him. I think my biggest roadblocks have been because of my human character that all too often get in the way. I pray daily that God nudge my spirit when He sees me slipping into those habits. Too many of us Christians forget that when we're like "the world", then we are giving others the thought that we're no different than them. Truth is, we should be different; and if we're not, then we're a roadblock to Christ for anyone who sees and hears us. Let us remove the barriers to Christ by becoming…

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jan 09, 2022
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It's true, we should be different and treat other with kindness - even those who've been offensive on some level. My efforts to be different have, no doubt, created a blockage by inadvertently drawing attention to MY wisdom, MY knowledge of Jesus rather than showing them to door to the real Savior. Thanks for your perspective, JD.

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