Mark 2: 1-5 tells us about Jesus’ healing of the paralytic man:
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. Many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. They came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. Jesus saw their faith, and he said to the paralytic man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
When reading this story, we tend to focus on the healing of the paralytic man and the reaction of the Pharisees to Jesus’ words. But I want to stop for a bit and focus on those 4 crazy friends of his!
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We Need Jesus Right Now
The room was packed full. It was beyond standing room only! There was not even room at the door. Everyone turned out to see Jesus and to hear what He had to speak!
But these crazy friends had a mission; they needed to get their friend to Jesus! The paralytic man needed healing and they just knew Jesus would provide it! They faced a challenge though! There was no room to get their friend inside the home to reach his healing!
Many would have given up. They would have said ‘maybe next time’. Maybe they would have just waited outside in the hopes Jesus would see them as He came out of the house.
But these were crazy friends…
These were dedicated friends but they were also friends of radical faith. They needed Jesus now! They didn’t care who was in the room with Him or the barriers that stood in their way. The paralytic man, their friend, needed Jesus now!
Luke 5:17 tells us:
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. (ESV)
The room was filled with Pharisees. These were the religious leaders, the educated, the elite.
But 4 crazy friends had no regard for the status of the men in the room. Their friend needed help.
Everyone Needs Crazy Friends
The paralytic man was blessed beyond measure. He received healing from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords because he had the blessing of friends who cared so much that they would stop at nothing for him!
I mean think about this…these men tore up the roof of someone’s home! That is pretty radical stuff!
We all need crazy friends who will do whatever it takes to carry us to Jesus!
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
A friend is a great blessing! Having a friend who will do whatever it takes to carry you to Christ is beyond value!
BEING a friend who will do whatever it takes to carry your friends to Jesus, the way these crazy friends carried the paralytic man, is even better!
How do you carry a friend to Jesus? Well, you don’t have to tear any roofs apart!
Pray for Your Friends
They may have specific prayer needs for health, finances, relationships, etc., or it may be they are not yet saved and you can bring that to the Lord as well!
Fervent prayer for a friend is the best thing you can do for them! Praying for your friend’s needs without ceasing, and asking others to pray with you, is the equivalent of tearing off the roof!
Show Them Jesus
Don’t just tell them about Jesus, show them Jesus!
Always conduct yourself in a way that does not cause your friend to stumble or fall! Aside from ensuring his healing, these friends demonstrated great faith to the paralytic man! If his faith wasn’t as strong as theirs beforehand, I am sure it increased dramatically afterward!
Telling your friends about Jesus is important! You should absolutely witness to your friends. But, showing them Jesus can do more than mere words ever could.
If you tell them about the Lord but then act in a way that contradicts that, you can do serious harm.
Never Give Up!
Never stop praying for them! Don’t stop showing them the love of Jesus! Never think they are too far gone! Never stop having faith in their healing, their marriage, their job, their salvation!
Jesus is right there…just waiting for you to tear off the roof!
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