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. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Mark 2:3-5
Good friends can be hard to find. What would you be willing to do for your friends? How far would you go to show your love? These 4 guys give us the ultimate example. They saw that their buddy was sick, they heard about this guy Jesus doing miracles and believed if they could get their friend to Jesus then everything would be okay. They didn’t stop because the house was overcrowded with people to the point that they couldn’t get near Jesus. No, instead of quitting,they decided they would scale the house, carry him up and begin to dismantle the roof which was probably made from a mixture of mud, grass, palm fronds, and maybe some hardened clay to lower him down. They interrupted Jesus’ teaching and everything else that was going on to lower their friend in the midst of the crowded house. They didn’t care about the obstacle of the crowds, whether the roof grass and mud would hit anyone below, what people would say, or the possible embarrassment. No, they just wanted to get their friend to Jesus. Maybe it was at their friend’s request, we really dont know, but we know that these were some really good friends. Jesus of course does something they didn’t expect and forgives their friend’s sins. Then a moment later He healed him and has him rise up and walk. We could look at this and certainly apply it to a friend who is sick, who needs healing and we bring him to the church to be prayed over by the elders for healing, but I want to encourage us to day to look our friend’s spiritual condition. If we have friends that don’t know Jesus then they are as lame spiritually as this guy was physically. The question is how hard are we trying to get them to the One who can forgive them of their sins? Do we have that kind of love for our unsaved friends? Would we go the extra mile just to get them to church to hear about Jesus? Would we be willing to have someone laugh at us because we keep inviting them or sharing with them and they just dont respond? Would we be willing to take the mocking from our old party friends who think we are nuts when we try to get them to Jesus? One just has to be reminded that apart from faith in Jesus, our friends go to hell. I know that’s not a pleasant morning devo thought, but man, it is the truth and at times we may forget about that because we are so involved with only people who already know Him. If we really believe Jesus died on the cross for man’s sins and gives us the promise of eternal life, we should be looking to bring our friends to Him. I believe that even in the midst of our impersonal twitterverse and Facebookland that we can still be used to personally touch the lives of those who we call friends who may not yet know Jesus. We just have to be a good friend.