Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 5:17-39 ~ A Good Friend

on March 23, 2012

Although I finished the chapter this morning, my heart is pierced by verses 17-26.  These verses tell about the time when the men carried their friend on the mat, removed ceiling tiles, and lowered the mat down to Jesus. It says in verse 20, “And when He saw their faith, he said, ‘Man your sins are forgiven you’.”  After a brief dispute with the religious leaders, Jesus went on to heal the man’s physical disabilities as well.

As a friend, the best thing we can do is get people to Jesus!  We demonstrate a lack of faith when we try to be our friend’s “savior” by trying to fix their problems in our own wisdom, understanding and strength. Only Jesus can forgive sins and truly heal our simple or desperate situations.  We need to take our friends to Jesus–work hard, carry them when we have to, clear away any obstacles to get them to Him.  If they are unwilling to get “on the mat,” take them to Jesus in prayer.  Never give up.  Jesus sees and rewards faith (Hebrews 11:6).

The healing is not the only outcome we see in these verses.  Verse 26 says, “And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe…”  When we go in faith to Jesus and He takes action, everyone watching is amazed by Him and God gets glory!  I want to be part of that!!

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