"Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on." - Mark 2:3-4

The Greatest Thing We Can Do for a Friend

Most of us will recognize the theme song made popular by the TV show a few years back called, “Friends.”

The chorus goes like this:

“I’ll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour)
I’ll be there for you
(Like I’ve been there before)
I’ll be there for you
(‘Cause you’re there for me too.)”

It’s a sentiment that anyone can relate to about true friends. But having sentimental feelings about friendship and putting those feelings into action are two completely different things.

God’s Word tells of friends who wanted to introduce a friend to Jesus. Four men believed that Jesus could heal their paralyzed friend. But, they had a problem – they couldn’t get him in the doorway! The crowds around Jesus were too great. But that didn’t stop them. They were so determined that they climbed up to the top of the roof (carrying the man!), made an opening in the roof and somehow lowered their friend on a pallet down to the ground in front of where Jesus stood. What a sight. All eyes were on the disciples and Jesus’ response. They believed Jesus would heal their friend, and He did.

The greatest thing we can do for any friend is to introduce them to Jesus, because He not only met the man’s physical need, but his greatest need, which was forgiveness of his sins and reconciliation with God. When you realize this, it makes the lyrics, “I’ll be there for you” have an entirely different meaning.

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