Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In the midst of the crowd

But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, right in the center, in front of Jesus. (Luke 5:19 NASB)

My copy of the NASB uses the phrase "right in the center". Later editions have changed it to read "in the middle" or "in the midst" of the crowd. When the four men lowered that stretcher, they were right in the middle of the crowd, but also right in front of Jesus. 

I tend to think of being in the middle of the crowd as a bad place and a place to hide from Jesus. Instead, it was the place this paralyzed man met Jesus face to face and was forever transformed. In fact, the entire crowd was transformed by the power of the paralytic's transformation!

Today, pray that, even if our loved ones (or we ourselves, for that matter) hide in the midst of the crowd, they will come face to face with Jesus and be transformed into the godly man or woman they were created to be.