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Carry One Another

Weekly Devotionals

Carry One Another

Mark 2:1-5

1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

We often underestimate and misunderstand the engines that churn for the healing power of Jesus to come true in our lives.  Mark’s account of the paralyzed man being healed gives a clue as to what the role of the community looks like in God’s ultimate plan of bringing wholeness (shalom) to his creation.  This story is a dynamic testimony of the power of community and how God calls his people to be partners in his healing ministry.  We read that Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends and brought redemption to his life in both body and soul.

Ultimately, our call is to tear open and to dig through the structures that keep people from being healed by our ultimate healer, Jesus.  However, the real irony of this passage in Mark’s gospel is that it not only probes us to consider our role in healing this broken world, but it also prompts us to realize that we’re all like the paralyzed man in need of forgiveness and healing.  Our own need for healing isn’t meant to be fleshed out and experienced alone, as the temptation to live as islands and to hide our vulnerability is strong.  Mark reminds us that the climate surrounding healing reaches its pinnacle when we come to our Lord linked to one another, carrying each other with love.


“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community