A Demolition of Love

Last Sunday I preached a sermon on this passage.

Mark 2:1–12 TNIV
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. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 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. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “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!”

You can listen to the sermon, entitled Rise Up From Your Paralysis, here.

Certainly an intriguing part of this story, and a point I did NOT preach on last Sunday, is regarding the unusual sacrifice of love of these four men digging through a two-foot thick roof of dirt and wood in order to be able to bring their friend to Jesus. After the sermon, a member of The Crossing, Phil Shearrer, came up to me and said that the deliberate demolition effort of these four men seemed like a really good picture/analogy of our recent demolition going on at The Crossing. He’s right.

Currently, we are demolishing two large classrooms opposite the back of our auditorium in order to be able to construct 350 or so new seats in our auditorium. It’s almost a cheesy comparison, but not really. The four men saw a building’s structural limitation as a spiritual limitation for their beloved friend who needed Jesus’ healing. There was no more room for him to enter the building to get to Jesus. So they did what they needed to do to break through it because they loved their friend. A demolition of love.

And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing at The Crossing—a demolition of love. We’re joining together to break through our current building’s structural limitation because we see that as a spiritual limitation in bringing in more people we love who need Jesus’ healing.

So this biblical story really is a great analogy of the demolition currently happening around our facility. We’re de-constructing in order to construct and overcome our space limitations so more and more people in our city can connect with all of God’s healing grace for them in Jesus. And we’re doing this because we love them and care about having room for them.

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