First off, let me thank James Hahn over at The Hahn Family blog for his Advent Scripture Challenge which is making me spend a lot more time contemplating each day’s reading. This is something that I’ve been meaning to do anyway, but never really put into action (You know when you’re on the right track when God provides the means to get you where you wanted to be.).
“One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’ Luke 5:17-20
Like the sick man’s friends I also believe that Lord Jesus is the answer. Faith in Him and faithfulness to Him is the only thing that is going to be able to turn our country and the world from the sinfulness and craziness that abounds. It’s getting people there that’s the hard part. So Christ carried the cross for us like the friends carried the paralyzed man. Like Simon the Cyrene and all the saints, we shoulder our share of the burden of the cross by helping Christ. We try to persevere as intercessors through prayer and offering up for them even when there may be a full out rejection of Christ or complete apathy.