1 And days after coming again into Capernaum, it was heard that he was at home. 2 So many were gathered, resulting in no more room, not even at the door, and he was speaking the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 Not being able to get to Him because of the crowd, they unroofed the roof above Him; and after opening it, they let down the stretcher on which the paralytic was lying.
when friends let you down
They had let him down the last time, and they knew it. Jesus and his disciples had been residing in Capernaum, using it as the base of operations for Christ’s teaching and healing ministry. But for some reason, his friends did not find the time to bring him to Jesus. Then – all of a sudden – Jesus goes on a tour. They thought that they had lost the opportunity to help out their friend. But, then, someone heard that Jesus was back in Capernaum. Well, nothing was going to stop them from bringing their friend to Jesus now. Crowd – schmoud.
Someone sees the tiled roof and gets an idea. The rest is history. This time when his friends let him down, it is to lift him up. We need friends like that. We need to be friends like that.
LORD, make us friends who overcome obstacles to bring people to Christ.
 οχλος (2:4, 13; 3:9, 20, 32; 4:1, 36; 5:21, 24, 27, 30f; 6:34, 45; 7:14, 17, 33; 8:1f, 6, 34; 9:14f, 17, 25; 10:1, 46; 11:18, 32; 12:12, 37, 41; 14:43; 15:8, 11, 15).