man on a roof
By the time we pick up the story, people from all over the region had heard about this carpenter named Jesus. They heard that he was teaching things that would turn the world upside down. They heard about the healings, his miracles, and his love.
The rumors spread from house to house and people wanted to come to see if it was real. One day Jesus was teaching and the crowd was pressing in around him. He was inside this house, but the crowd overflowed to the outside. It was standing room only, people were jockeying for position to get a glimpse of this guy named Jesus.
Meanwhile, in another place, there were a group of five friends making a plan. You see, one of those friends had a serious disability and his four friends hoped that Jesus could heal him.
So they sat out on a journey to that house Jesus was teaching in. Think about that trek. I guess they must have picked up and carried their friend to this place. I imagine it was a somewhat difficult journey. But, that didn’t matter. They had hope in something great for their friend!
When they arrived, I bet there was so much excitement! But, that excitement probably began to get smaller and smaller as they soon realized the crowd was too big to get their friend to Jesus. It seemed the trek was for not.
The friends didn’t give up. They couldn’t. They wanted the best for their hurting friend. Look at what happened.
“And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:4–5
Those are some good friends. They weren’t going to let anything stand in the way! They carried their friend up onto the roof and then cut a hole and lowered him down. And look what happened. Jesus did something big, but not because of hurting man’s faith, but because of the faith of his friends!
That’s so cool to me. Those friends get it. They wouldn’t let anything get in the way of helping their friend. Even if it was hard and it seemed like it wouldn’t work, they believed and they did something about it!
Friends carry you when you can’t anymore. They believe in you even when you’ve lost hope. Man, we all need more friends like that. Friends not only dream big things for your life but are willing to move mountains to make that dream a reality.
Do you have friends like that? Are you that friend to someone else?