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Mark 2: 1-5 tells us about Jesus’ healing of the paralyzed man:
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” NIV
When reading this story, we tend to focus on the healing of the paralytic 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!
Like the Paralyzed Man, 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 paralyzed 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 weren’t just any friends! These were crazy, radical 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 paralyzed 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.
Like the Paralyzed Man, Everyone Needs Crazy Radical Friends
The paralyzed 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. NIV
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity. NIV
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another. NIV
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 paralyzed 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!
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 paralyzed 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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