and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Here again we see the distinction between the crowd and the friends. The crowd was complacent, while the group of four friends was persistent. They had one purpose, and that was to get their friend to the feet of Jesus. They didn’t let anything keep them from carrying out that purpose. True faith does not say it believes Jesus saved us and not feel a sense of urgency about telling other people.
The paralytic’s friends underscore for us the vital necessity of investing eternally in the lives of others by putting our faith to work in concrete ways. The intersection of our faith in the power of Christ and our concern for people must prompt us to do something tangible that helps them. Doing so will provide us opportunities to share Christ with them.
Compared to these friends, we won’t even stand for minor inconveniences to take Jesus to someone. We stop short of telling people because we are afraid of rejection. These men sawed a hole in someone’s roof. It was that important to them. We place borders around Jesus by our unwillingness to take His message to people who may receive it. We don’t know because we’ve never risked anything to tell them. With Jesus, the risk is worth it.
- Is Jesus worth the risk to you? Think about that for a moment.
- Has it ever cost you something to know Jesus? Explain.
- Pray that Jesus would make His power known to you.