2011-05-14 - The Paralytic's Friends
In the Gospel of Mark, we find an interesting story of a man and his friends. Early in his ministry, Jesus became well-known for the healing of many people with various illnesses. In Mark 2:1-5, we learn that Jesus was unable to enter a house without it filling up with people. In our story, four men came carrying their friend on a mat. Their friend was a paralytic. Mark 2:4 says, "Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on." These four men were determined that their friend was going to see Jesus. They dug through a thick, flat clay roof to make a hole to lower their friend down through. They were not going to be stopped!
How did Jesus react to their bold action? Mark 2:5 tells us, "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, `Son, your sins are forgiven.'" The paralytic got up and took his mat, and went home a healed man. Jesus recognized the daring action of the four friends, and He rewarded their faith. Without the brave acts of his four friends, the paralytic would not have encountered the Man who could forgive his sins and heal his illness.
What kind of friend are you? Are you willing to be bold to help your friends? Are you willing to share the Good News of Jesus with your friends? What will you do for your friends today?