Relentless

Relentless

The dictionary definition of relentless is; oppressively constant; incessant; unyielding in severity; unrelenting; steady and persistent. All of that describes the four friends of the paralyzed man in Mark chapter two. Who, though faced with what seemed to be insurmountable odds, persisted until they reached their desired goal.

Let’s imagine the scene. The news begins spreading rapidly though out Capernaum that Jesus was coming to town. His reputation preceded Him. There was no doubt about it. Jesus could perform miracles. In an instant, learning where Jesus would be, four of the paralyzed man’s friends picked him up and hurried off to meet Jesus. But, when they arrived they had to be hugely disappointed. Who would have thought that this many people would be there already? It was jam-packed. Now what are they going to do?

The worst part was that through this whole ordeal, they saw a sparkle in their friend’s eyes for the very first time that revealed a hope he had long since buried. The hope that he might someday walk again. This hope, for the friend they loved, resulted in an unrelenting determination that ultimately achieved the desired goal. There’s no giving up now. We’ve got to do whatever it takes, while we’ve got the opportunity, to see our friend get the miracle we came here for.

Quick, what’s our plan? I’ve got an idea. Let’s take him up on the roof and dig a hole big enough to lower him down right on top of Jesus. What? Are you kidding me? No time to question the plan, it’s our only shot. Quick, let’s go!

They were relentless. They found a way where there seemingly was no way. They refused to be denied. They were persistent in faith. Why? Because they knew that more than anything else in life, their friend wanted to walk. And, they knew that Jesus was the only way that was going to happen. Jesus was the only solution!

And it happened, just as they imagined. Seeing his faith, Jesus said, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

So, I have two questions. One, do you have a friend that has a problem that only Jesus can solve? And two, do you love that friend enough to be relentless in doing whatever it takes to bring them to Jesus?

“He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Mark 2:12