“They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick.”
One day a leper approached Jesus, ringing a little bell and shouting “Unclean!” Unclean!” People ran away from this man in fear. The man walked slowly to Jesus and got down on his knees before our Lord and said, “Lord, if you are willing please cure me!”
Jesus looked at this man and filled with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him on the hand, then said, “Be clean!”
Immediately, the leprosy left the man and his skin became soft and smooth; he was completely cured.
“We have seen remarkable things today.” –Mark 2:12
A few days later, Jesus was preaching in a small house full of people. Some people who traveled long to hear Jesus preach could not get into the little house. As the day progressed more and more people arrived to hear Jesus including a man who was completely paralyzed. This paralyzed man was carried by his friends, but their hearts sank when they saw the large crowd of people in front of them. They remained steadfast regardless, they were resolute in their quest to get their friend to Jesus. Carefully, they carried their friend up the outside steps and onto the flat roof of the house. They cut a large hole in the roof and gently lowered their paralyzed friend down into the house and landed him in front of Jesus!
Jesus saw the faith they had and he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat, and go home.”
Everyone watched in astonishment as the man stood up, gathered his mat and walked off glad.
“We have seen remarkable things today!” –Mark 2:12
What I loved about the second story is how these Christian brothers did not falter in their quest to help their paralyzed friend. They overcame all obstacles put in front of them. We should all be so blessed to have friends like these.
In the beautiful name of Jesus, most gracious, most merciful Jesus, I pray oh Lord, I may be able to be the kind of friend in these two beautiful stories of your love and mercy. I want to be the friend that would carry a friend and deliver them to You that they may be healed also.