The Outcast: The Paralytic and His Friends

Four people came, carrying a paralyzed man. Since they could not get to Jesus because of the crowd, they dug a hole in the roof right above where he was speaking. When they got through, they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it. When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralyzed man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” – Mark 2:3-5

Reading this account in Mark’s Gospel concerning this sick man, his friends, and Jesus -our Healer and Savior, we all can relate on some level. These men were not only friends. They were good friends who were determined, which is evident, as they brought this man to Jesus. Do we bring our friends to Jesus? We all have friends who are going through hard times on some level. How can we be there for them? These men genuinely cared and would do anything and go anywhere for this man/ These friends were not brought down by this man’s paralyzed body, but they were spurred on. They knew their friend needed them, and stayed there for him…

For whatever reason, these friends did not leave his side. They were the kind of friends who would go above and beyond what many others would do for him, and were really there for him. Today, how can we become these kinds of friends?

  • Stay connected to them (aware of their struggles, needs, upcoming doctor appointments, or tests, etc).
  • Be in prayer for them.Have a short visit with them (if they are up for it).
  • Send them a facebook message. It is easy to allow not knowing what to say, to prevent us from saying anything at all. Here are some ideas  on what you can say:
    • “How are you feeling today?”
    • “Thinking of you.”
    • “I am praying for you.”
    • “I am going to the store. Can I bring you anything?”
  • Volunteer to bring their family dinner (it helps!).
  • Send a small note in the mail (everyone loves getting mail).

All of us are someone’s friend. We would consider ourselves a good friend to some,but an acquaintance of others. But with God’s help, we can aspire to be a better friend. A friend like these men were. Trusting that God can help us to be a better friend.

This Week: Be in prayer, and consider how you can be there for the sick in you know.

See Hebrews 10:24