FRIENDS

Mark 2:3,4 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

As they say, desperate times demand desperate measures. This paralyzed man could not live a normal life. It was hard in that day to have any job if you were paralyzed. It effected everything; friends, wife, children, no one in your life was left unscathed. In many ways this paralytic’s life was over, unless??? Unless he could get a miracle. His friends told him about the meetings that Jesus was conducting. Blind, deaf, lepers, even the maimed were restored by His touch or by just a word from the Lord’s mouth. Could it be possible that this paralytic could receive a miracle? It was settled, his friends were going to carry him to Jesus. When they arrived at the house where Jesus was speaking there was no way to get inside. The people were literally spilling out of the doors and the windows. Without hesitation they carried the man to the roof and began to tear the tiles on the roof off. They would not be denied. Next, they lowered him through the roof to the feet of Jesus. These were real friends, they were determined to see their friend made whole. Listen as Matthew Henry describes this scene.

“It was his misery, that he needed to be so carried, and bespeaks the calamitous state of human life; it was their charity, who did so carry him, and bespeaks the compassion that it is justly expected should be in the children of men toward their fellow-creatures in distress, because we know not how soon the distress may be our own. These kind relations or neighbors thought, if they could but carry this poor man once to Christ, they should not need to carry him any more; and therefore made hard shift to get him to him; and when they could not otherwise get to him, they uncovered the roof where he was.”
All of us have friends whose lives have been effected by sickness, injury, or some of the other maladies of life, maybe you can your friend to Jesus. These friends brought their friend to the feet of Jesus. Looking up into the Lord’s face, hope poured through His being. Then he heard the words that changed everything. “My son, your sins are forgiven. Pick up your pallet and go home.”

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