There is a story in Luke 5: 17 that I find interesting, it goes like this:
7 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
The Bible doesn’t really provide details about the relationship between the paralyzed man and the men who carried him to the roof but I would like to think that they were friends. People who saw him struggling, who spent time with him and longed to see him healed.
I find this story so intriguing because of the following:
1. The friends were the transportation medium from one place to another.
We’re not told how far the friends travelled to get the man to Jesus, they could have travelled a distance to get him there. We need to strive to be friends who help each other move from one place to another, who take the whole journey with those we love, if you realise your friend has a certain “disability” this can be anything from: their chilhood traumas, places where they lack confidence, areas where they still need to grow, we need to work at helping our friends reach their full potential. The process will ultimately be their responsibility but we can spur them on with grace and encourage them to keep moving and hopefully reach their desired destination. We shouldn’t make peace with seeing our friends stagnant, we should use our words, our resources and invest our time to propel them forward.
2. The friends didn’t give up
Jesus had quite a following from what we read. Multitudes came for healing and to listen to him speak. It comes as no surprise that there was no place for them to enter, so when they saw that it was impossible to enter they didn’t give up, instead they tried another way , it could’ve have been multiple ways. They didn’t give up on their friend. To some extent we’re all somewhat guilty of this, we give up on our friends too easily, when we see lack of growth or when our lives change. We shouldn’t, we should strive to be known as the friend who encourages others in life, who doesn’t give up on their journeys of faith and who keeps praying when all hope is lost.
3. The friends led him to Jesus
These friends probably knew sorcerers and other possible mediums of healing but they chose to take their friend to Jesus. I think they understood how we as humans lack in so much, we could give the most encouraging advice, support business ventures and give our friends all that is necessary for them to progress in life but we will always fall short somewhere. True friendship is when we love our friends enough to lead to them to the One who truly heals, who never gives up, who is able to do what is impossible. In whatever addictions, whatever challenges, anything that they need is found fully in Jesus.
4. Friends who have faith
These friends probably couldn’t define it at the time, but they had faith. They had not seen the healing, they just knew that Jesus was able to heal. Their faith in Jesus is how they moved from being amongst the crowd m, to standing on the rooftop, they were rooftop friends, it was the reason they didn’t give up when they couldn’t find a way, they didn’t have confidence in anything within themselves, but fully in what Jesus could do, they lowered him in absolute faith. Oh how important it is, that we have faith in Jesus, to change the impossible and to do the miraculous in our lives and also for our friends, we should never stop trusting Him. In the end the Bible says Jesus saw “their” faith and this man was healed.
My prayer is to be this kind of friend, A ROOFTOP FRIEND, to strive as much as possible to leave people better, to be the one they call for prayer, for counsel and who the friend who is always striving for a deeper relationship with Jesus. I know those around me can only benefit from this. And It is here where nothing will be impossible for us.
I have many rooftop friends in my life and this is for you, when I read this story I thought of Andrew, Jason, Chelbe, Mercy , Nkule and Khantsi. You all have taught me how to trust God more, you’ve helped me grow in faith from one level to another, you have never given up on me, even at times when I wanted to give up on myself, and there have been many, You have lead me closer to Jesus and you have shown the craziest amount of faith and now look at how I am on this journey of healing. I pray as you stand on rooftops you may take a moment to look around, I know the view will be Captivating. I pray that you may be elevated in every area of your lives, wherever you need it most, for the times you have carried me, not physically like the men we read about in the Bible but spiritually, I am reaching the highest heights, I am eternally grateful and we will soon witness the impossible.
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