Mark 2:2-5“And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (ESV)
Sometimes, like the paralyzed man, we’re in need of healing and can’t help ourselves. We’re paralyzed and made helpless by doubts, ignorance, fear, uncertainty, and sin. Like the paralyzed, we need someone to help us. This man’s friends helped by taking him to Jesus.
Sometimes in life, we are the friends who have to go around, over, under and even through obstacles, carrying our friends, enlisting others to help as well and doing all we can to get the ones we love the help they need. There are all kinds of ways to help those sick and lost and helpless in this world. But like in this story, the truest friends are the ones who can take their friend to Jesus.
When they got to Jesus, He healed the man’s soul first, giving him what He most needed. We should make that our priority too and go to Jesus for the help we all most need. realizing that in a world of sin and hurt, we need to take care of souls first — and Jesus is only one who can help.