When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.” Mark 6:53-56
Every time I read this passage I have to stop and think about it. It creates a mental image of people running around frantically, rushing to bring their sick loved ones to Him. They knew who He was and what He could do, so the only thing that mattered at that moment was getting that news to the people who needed to hear it.
There is something here of a desperation to get people to Jesus.
I find it also in Luke 5:18-19. “Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.”
See this scene – Jesus is teaching, people are all around him, and like a spider on a silken thread, this paralyzed man is lowered from the roof into the midst of the crowd. Debris from the roof may have been falling on the people who had gathered to listen to Jesus. The whole meeting was likely disrupted as this man came to rest on the ground before Jesus. Somehow I don’t think this man or his friends were very concerned about that. They just had to get him to Jesus. Verse 20 says “when He saw their faith”. This type of determination to bring someone to Jesus, convinced that in Him they will find all needs met was a demonstration of their faith in Christ as all sufficient.
In our day of multitudinous solutions offered to solve our problems – medication, therapy, whatever – Jesus is still the only answer. Only as we, His people, are completely convinced of this will we demonstrate this type of determination to bring others to Him.