As we ponder this story from the gospels of the four men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus, I am energized by what we can see clearly in Mark’s account.
And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. And being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” ~ Mark 2:3-5
I really only want to pull two words out today: “their faith.”
Who “their?” you may ask.
As we noticed last week, the house was full of skeptics, and there was only one “who” in the stretcher, so that leaves the deconstruction team on the roof.
Jesus saw the faith, the expectation in these men. That expectation was clearly expressed by the lengths they were willing to go in order to get their friend to Jesus. They were willing to risk some real world trouble, and face some serious consequences in order to get their friend to Jesus.
This is so encouraging to me today.
For one thing, nothing is said about the one in the stretcher. When you have been sick or disabled for decades, it is pretty hard to stir up any expectation. You, as likely as not, will build up barriers against such expectations, and protect yourself against having hope spring only to be dashed once more.
But what I learn here is that we can bring our friends to Jesus.
I don’t want to build some magic doctrine that says everyone we pray for will be saved or healed.
But I will say this. We can bring our friend to Jesus.
We can do it with our words,
we can do it with our prayers,
we can do it with a posse,
you can do it in that chair.
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Why not do it right now? There is someone on your heart, someone who needs their sins forgiven, someone who needs their body mended. Perhaps there is a broken relationship the Spirit is highlighting.
Let’s bring our friends to Jesus today.
See you again soon.
By the way, if you missed the first hand account of this day in Jesus life, you should check out "Arise, Take up your bed and walk"