Stretcher Carriers, Need A Lift? Part 1

Up on the Housetop

Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17-26

Charles e Whisnant, Teacher/Pastor and Preacher,

May 18 2014
Luke 5 17 Welcome to Capernaum!

“A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. – Mark 2

It is not clear what the phrase “after some days” refers to, it could mean Jesus went back to Capernaum “some days” after having left it (1:38 Mark) or that He was in Capernaum for “some days” before it was known He was back in town.

The people heard that he had come home”
“and it was noised that he was in the house” kjv
What house we do not know, but it could have been Simon and Andrew’s? And it might have been Mark’s. He would have remembered when the roof of his house was torn up.

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.

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  • The Pharisees were one of the two dominant sects of Judaism in that era, the other were the Sadducees. The Pharisees were the “fundamentalists,” conservative in their views.

“Every village” shows how representative the audience was. People had come from a great distance, not only the region of Galilee but also the southern extremities of the land. In addition to Jerusalem, Judea is mentioned. The linking of the three geographical areas shows that the entire country had developed a common interest in the ministry of Christ

Note: “Jesus preached the word to them.

  • What Jesus always did was to preach the Word. The “word” is defined in Mark 1:14-15, “the gospel of the kingdom of God.” In Mark 4 where  it is sown as seed upon all kinds of soil, Jesus was sowing here.

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.

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

  • serves to contrast the faith of the stretcher-carriers with the unbelief of the pharisees and the teachers of the law.

SERMON;  Life on a 3×6 mat

1.    HINDERED BY THE CROWD

2.  HINDERED BY RELIGION

3.   HINDERED BY HIS OWN HEART

4.   CARRIED BY FOUR

Their names: Chad Faith; Eric Hope; Kyle Love and Bob Determination (well, I used my family’s names)
Chad: I believe we can get this man to Jesus
Eric: I believe there is hope for this man
Kyle: I really love this guy, I hate his sin but love him
Bob: Let’s roll!!!

So 40 fingers start digging through the roof: dust everywhere, people coughing, dirt particles falling on the religious leaders’ robes that were just back from the cleaners!!
Many people will never come to Jesus unless somebody brings them! The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that sinners are to come to church! Everywhere in the Bible it’s clear the church is to go where sinners are.

Part two next week:  Jesus heals the man.

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