Jesus Heals A Paralyzed Man
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that
he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left., not even outside the
door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic., carried
by the four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an
opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man
was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
The Story of the Paralyzed Man Comes To Life
Years ago this scripture literally came to life for me. Jim and I had a friend, Dennis who was a paraplegic who desperately wanted to go on the Walk to Emmaus in our community. Yet, there was one problem. Since Dennis was wheelchair bound and stairs were involved in getting him to the fellowship hall to eat and stairs were involved in getting him upstairs where the sleeping quarters would be, there was great concern in the Emmaus community about our friend attending. It was so much a concern that a special meeting was held to discuss how it could work out for Dennis to attend the walk.
As the meeting began,Jim, my husband who is a physical therapist assured the group that he could work his work schedule out to be there to help Dennis get his wheelchair up and down stairs at the times he would need assistance. A co-worker of Jim’s also agreed to be on stand by to assist. Deep down inside, Jim knew that once the weekend would be underway, the obstacle that everyone was so concerned with would resolve itself.
Then, it happened. Another friend of ours who also wanted Dennis to have a chance to grow in his walk with the LORD got up to speak. She slowly approached the podium and simply read this scripture from Mark. After she read this scripture, she simply said; “we have a friend who wants to grow in his walk with Christ and we are the friends that need to get him there.” After she spoke this words, she quietly sat down and you could only hear a pin drop in the room.
Needless to say, our friend attended that walk. Not only did he attend the walk but Jim and his co-worker only had to show up once to assist with Dennis. After that, the other guys on the walk said; you don’t need to come back to assist Dennis…..we got this!” On that weekend, Dennis had the opportunity to grow in his faith walk with friends assisting him along the way.
Preparing to See the King of Kings
Not too long after that weekend, Dennis became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized. It was on a Sunday evening when Jim and I learned that he was in the hospital. We had just sat down to eat dinner. Instead of eating dinner, we through it back in the fridge and headed for the hospital. There we found that his wife and son had gone home for a respite. Dennis was there alone in the room. He wasn’t able to talk much but in his own way he was able to communicate with us. Jim noticed Dennis had not been able to shave and that his bed needed freshening up. I excused myself out of the room. As I sat in the hall making phone calls to friends updating them, Jim began to clean Dennis up and freshen up his bed and room. Once he was done, I went back in the room where Jim and sat on both sides of Dennis’ bed and prayed with him. Dennis had communicated that he wanted “Bubba” (his nickname for Jim) to stay a little longer. Jim did stay a while into the night before heading back home.
The next afternoon I receive a phone call that Dennis was asking for Jim. Jim and I get to the hospital as soon as we can but we were too late. Dennis had gone home to be with God. Jim went into the room where he saw his friend laying there lifeless. As heartbreaking it was, Jim was at peace. You see, when Jim met Dennis, Dennis was ready to give up. Each time Jim would see Dennis, he would encourage Dennis and tell him there was hope. As time went by, Dennis and his family started coming to church and soon after joined the church. Thus, we are back to where this story began. A friend desperate to be healed who wanted to walk closer with “The King of Kings”. Friends picking him up and carrying him up and down stairs for three days to help him grow in his faith walk. Then, a friend taking time out to clean him up not knowing he was preparing him to go see “The King of Kings” within a matter of hours.
How Desperate Are We?
Desperate. There are people desperate for hope and that are ready to give up. Yet, are we desperate enough like the friends of the paraplegic to rip a hole in the roof of a house and lower them just to see Jesus? It is my prayer that we all become friends of action and be willing to rip a roof off or take time out to help someone get cleaned up to meet Jesus and to know that there is hope.
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