Faithful Friends

Lou Lotz Uncategorized

READ : Mark 2:1-12

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (v. 5)

There are two ways to get to the top of a tall oak tree—you can roll up your sleeves and start climbing, or you can sit on an acorn. The four friends in the Gospel of Mark, these guys don’t sit on acorns. Unable to get near Jesus on account of the crowd, the four friends scramble up onto the roof and tear open a hole so that they can lower their paralyzed buddy down into the room where the Lord is teaching. Faith always finds the opening that doubt doesn’t think is there.

Surely there is a link between miracles and faith. “All things are possible for one who believes,” said Jesus (Mark 9:23). Again and again in Scripture we hear Jesus say to the person who has been healed, “Your faith has made you well.” But in this miracle it’s also the faith of the friends, apparently, and not just the faith of the paralytic, that moves Jesus to action. The Lord looks up and sees the four hopeful faces looking down, and he looks down and sees the hopeful face looking up, and “. . . when he saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” When he saw their faith.

Heaven hears the prayers of the supplicant, but the faith of one’s friends is also involved. How many miracles are waiting to happen, waiting for faithful friends to bring the needy to the feet of Christ?

PRAYER

Lord, increase my faith.