What would you be willing to do for a friend? Would you take them to the doctor? Would you change their bandages? Would you change a bedpan? Would you face jail time or the wrath of a neighbor?
In the beginning of Mark 2, we see just that level of friendship. Here is a man who is paralyzed. He can’t work; he can’t even get out of bed or out of his house without the help of friends. Jesus was in Capernaum and these friends knew He could heal their friend. So, they picked up his bed and carried it to the house where Jesus was teaching.
They got to the house only to find it was packed. People were everywhere, even spilling out the door and into the street. The house most likely had a staircase leading to a patio on the roof. The friends went up, “made an opening n the roof above Jesus, and after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was laying on.” (vs 4 NIV)
They not only carried their friend across town, but also tore a hole in a neighbor’s roof to get him to Jesus. The text says, “When Jesus saw their faith,” (vs 5 NIV) not the faith of the paralyzed man alone, but also the faith of his friends, “he said, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’”
It was through the faith and the faithfulness of his friends, the man was healed. Are you that good of a friend? Do you bring your friends to the Lord? Do you pray for them? Share the Word with them? Invite them to church? Share the Gospel and your faith with them? Bring your friends to the Lord!