Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Luke 5:18-19
When we care about a friend, we will do all that is within our power to help. If they have a need they won’t have to ask twice because we will be there for them ready to assist.
Friendship is a commitment that involves developing and practicing the virtues of: trust, faithfulness, reliability, integrity and honesty. A friend listens, helps and forgives and most important, a friend brings a friend to Jesus.
There are many verses in the Bible about friendship but this one is found in Luke 5:18-19 and tells a beautiful story about friends bringing a friend in need to Jesus. The account of this story can also be found in Mark 2:1-12.
There was a man who was paralyzed and could not walk or get around under his own power, he was completely bedridden. This man had four friends, who were very good friends indeed, they believed that if they could just get their sick friend to Jesus, he would be healed. They knew that Jesus had already performed many miracles of healing, so the four friends carried their friend on a mat to the house where Jesus was teaching in Capernaum.
When they got there, they found they could not begin to get through the crowds. They didn’t give up, though; they had faith that Jesus could heal their friend if they could just get him close to Jesus. So they came up with a plan, one that was bold and daring — they took him up to the roof of the house and lowered him through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
These friends had gone to extraordinary lengths to bring their paralyzed friend to the Lord. Jesus recognized their actions as an expression of their faith, and because of their faith, He told the paralyzed “Man, your sins are forgiven”. This is a very important lesson for us, this man was not only physically but spiritually healed by the faith his friends had in Jesus. There are many instances in the Bible where one person is healed because of the faith of another person, (here are a few of them Matthew 9:2; 9:18; 9:32; 15:28). These examples teach us that our faith can allow God to work in the lives of our family, friends and others.
We need to remember that man’s greatest need is spiritual healing, or forgiveness. The Lord gave this poor paralyzed man what he needed most, spiritual healing. Are you willing to do whatever is necessary to bring your family, friends and others to Jesus for forgiveness, healing and to be saved from an eternity in hell?
There are millions of people around the world who have never been given an invitation by a friend to come and know Jesus. These people are in desperate need for someone to bring them the Good News which is the message of Jesus Christ. However, before they can understand, someone needs to share with them. Is it going to be you that you will do it?
The truth is if you are a follower of Christ, if you claim Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and are a born again believer, you are called to share your faith with others. In fact, Jesus said it Himself: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” Acts 1:8.
All of us have friends who need Jesus. How much do we really care, and how far are we willing to go to introduce them to Jesus? To whom will you be a friend today?
Partially adapted from author unknown – Source: “Open Windows”