The Paralytic Man

A few years ago I hosted a weekend men’s group at my farm. I conjured up a bible study that proved to be quite memorable. It had to do with the story of the paralytic man in Luke 5.

You probably remember it. A group of men brought their friend, the paralytic man, to Jesus in hopes that he might heal him. As it turns out, the house was full, and they couldn’t get in. Not to be deterred, they climbed up on the roof, removed the tiles, and lowered the paralytic man down in front of Jesus. Well, you know the rest.

We reenacted the story. We fashioned a stretcher and drew straws to see who would be the paralytic man. Then we carried him around the property to get the feel of just how difficult it would be to bring someone to Jesus. When we got back to the farm, we went to one of the out buildings. I then said, “Ok, boys, let’s get him on the roof!”

Well, you can about imagine their eyes at the thought of that, especially the guy strapped to the stretcher! I had no intention of bringing him up, but they didn’t know that. While their hands and arms were sore from carrying him, they got out of the hardest part.

Lesson Learned

Here was the lesson. Just think about the difficulties that original group of men must have had to bring their friend, the paralytic man, to Jesus. It’s not easy carrying somebody let alone getting him on a roof and lowering him through it! Today’s rescue workers practice countless hours with the best equipment to prepare for rope-style emergencies. These guys didn’t have that kind of training. They simply did it!

Also, imagine the nerve it would take to dismantle someone’s roof so you can fit a stretcher through! I wouldn’t be any too happy if someone did that to MY house. There were probably lots of people yelling at them to stop. Let’s face it, they could/should have gotten in a lot of trouble for a stunt like that. Did that stop them? It most certainly did not.

What’s the lesson here? Well, I asked the guys to think about just how SURE these friends must have been to help their friend. They must have been POSITIVE that Jesus could (and would) heal him. In fact, they were willing to do just about anything to get their friend in front of Jesus. They weren’t just willing, they proved it!

I asked my friends, “When was the last time YOU did something like this to bring someone in front of Jesus?” The bottom line is that everyone needs Jesus just as the paralytic man did. You remember what Jesus first did, right? He forgave the man’s sins. We all need that. So I asked the guys, “Will you carry someone to Jesus?” The bigger question is whether or not we are so sure, like those guys, that Jesus is worth risking everything for.

Is He Worth It?

Is Jesus worth the effort to bring my friends to him? If so, then why don’t I do it more often? Probably the bottom line in this is that I am so caught up in my business that I scant give it much thought. Frankly, this idea convicts me to the core. It should all of us.

In my quiet time this morning, I was thinking about Jesus’ faithfulness. I had Philippians 1:6 in my head, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Jesus is faithful. In fact, that’s his name.

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
Revelation 19:11

Here’s a list of other verses I looked up. It really lifted my spirits to recall how God is faithful. Is he worthy to bring my friends to for healing? Of course he is! Here’s that list: 1 Cor. 1:9, Phil. 1:6, 1 Thes. 5:24, 2 Thes. 3:3, 1 John 1:9, Rev. 19:11, Num. 23:19, Deut. 7:9, Deut. 32:4, Josh. 21:45, and Lam. 3:21-26.

Here’s another post of mine that you may be interested in. You may also be interested in a sermon on the paralytic man by R.C. Sproul. Enjoy!

Father, I pray that this post touches many to recall all that Jesus has done for them so that they might be emboldened to risk everything to share the man named Jesus who is our God and our Savior. Amen.

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