HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” — Luke 5:20
Who do you call on when you’re in serious trouble or facing a crisis? Who can you count on for help, for honest advice, for encouragement? I hope you have some good friends who are always there for you.
True friendship seems to be a rare gift these days. Many people have made themselves too busy to truly invest the time and energy it takes to develop significant relationships. Often people say to each other, “We’ll have to get together soon”–but it seldom happens.
The paralyzed man in our story for today was confined to a mat. He couldn’t even move around, but he had some friends who were willing to go out of their way to help. They took him to Jesus, believing that Jesus could heal him. And when the crowd blocked their way, they took some drastic measures to make sure their friend could meet Jesus.
When Jesus sees the faith of these friends, he loves what he sees. He sees faith in action. He sees the love that is not held back by barriers. He sees people caring and determined enough to get their friend to him.
Jesus also knows that this man needs more than healing in his body; he has a heart that needs to be made right with God. Do we care enough to go out of our way to try to connect our friends with Jesus so that they can be made right with God?
Who are your true friends? Do they still hang around in the event you need some help? Or do they seek to get what they are looking for and then abandon you? Don’t lose hope maybe they were an acquaintance and they had to decrease making space for a real true friend to show up. Wait I say on the Lord.
Let Us Pray
Lord, fill our hearts with compassion and love that’s willing to be inconvenienced by the needs of friends and acquaintances. Help us introduce them to you. In your Name. Make space in our hearts to receive someone that is true and real who will take our interest at heart Amen.