"Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus."
- Luke 5:19 NLT
He was a man that couldn’t walk but he had some
friends. Jesus was healing people and the news was spreading fast. People were
flocking to Him by the thousands. They were not coming for His teaching but for
the healing of their illnesses. When this man’s friends arrived, they were not
discouraged by the crowd. They loved their friend so much that they climbed up
on the roof and removed the roof tiles so that they could lower their paralyzed
friend right down in front of Jesus. Of course, when they did, Jesus healed the
man and even forgave his sins.
This story always makes me think about the ability of Jesus to touch us when we are sick. I think about how powerful it is to have friends that will do almost anything to help us. I think of how strategic their plan was. The Bible says, “Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.” (Luke 5:19)
You may be afflicted today. I want to encourage you to get as close to Jesus as you can. Move toward Him and He will move toward you. Maybe it is a family member or friend; take them to Jesus. He is our hope both on this earth and in eternity. He loves you today. Don’t hesitate to move in His direction.
Jesus, It is impossible for me to do this on my own. Give my Your grace as I
identify someone to love and pray for today. Fill my heart I pray. Amen
Pastor Wes Humble, Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations