A MAN WITH FRIENDS

Luke 5:17-20: “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem.  And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him.  And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.  When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

This is an interesting story.  I have wondered about the friends of the paralyzed man.  First, they must have loved him, to even conceive of taking him to Jesus for healing.  Second, they cared enough to act.  Third, they were determined to get him to Jesus.

It is amazing that they could agree upon a plan and that they followed through with the plan. I don’t know the number of friends that helped this man.  But, it has been my experience that if you have three or more people trying to make a decision; you will have six opinions.  But, these men came up with a plan and acted upon it.

As with a lot of our plans, it hit a snag.  They could not get their friend to Jesus because of the crowd.  Again, they came to an agreement and acted upon it.  They let him down, on his bed, through the roof.  They wanted their friend to be healed and they did their best to bring him to Jesus.

Am I that caring about my friends?  Will I go the extra mile to bring them to Jesus? I confess that too often, I think about it, but that is as far as it goes.  I don’t come up with a plan or if I do, I don’t execute my plan. Often, by the time I act, it is too late.  The opportunity has passed.

The paralyzed man was blessed with great friends who brought him to Jesus.  May each of us be a good friend to somebody who needs to see Jesus.