Jesus Heals a Paralytic Man

Luke 5:17-26

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Are you willing to “jump in” to help others? 
Are you willing to do whatever it takes to help someone? 
Is your willingness to help others extend to strangers?
How can you take the “initiative” to help others?

Jesus Heals a Paralytic 

17One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19When 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.

20When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
"Friend, your sins are forgiven."

21The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

22Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

24But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." 25Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today." Luke 5:17-26 

Are you willing to go the distance;
to go the extra mile to help someone? 
When has someone “Jumped into the Pit” to help you?

Pit of Despair

“Jesus Heals a Paralytic” is from the Gospel of Luke 5:17-26 is a story of a sick man’s friends who were willing to “go the distance” “to go the extra mile” (literally). These friends sacrificed themselves to help their friend in need! These friends wanted to do good; but they faced many obstacles! We often face hardship and obstacles in ministry. These friends were NOT easily discouraged! They were persistent in word and in deed. They gave their best; their very best! These friends were unrelenting in their “love” for their friend!

Through determination, ingenuity, and hard work, (imagine trying to get a paralytic up ladders and down through the roof) they brought their friend to Jesus!

Think of the “HOPE” “FAITH” and “TRUST” that they had in Jesus?

Really think about it for a while…
this is the faith that can move mountains….

When we are in need or when we work to help others we ALL need to draw upon this “HOPE” “FAITH” and “TRUST” in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.

Do not say to your neighbor,
"Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"— 
when you now have it with you.

Proverbs 3:27-28

'I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.'

Matthew 25:40

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