Scriptures: Luke 5:17-26
Yesterday, we began the discussion on what God’s design for community looks like whenever we come together in prayer. For today and tomorrow’s study, we are going to examine a friend group found in the New Testament and talk about how we can use their friendship as a basis for community in our own lives.
Today, we are going to be focusing on Luke 5:18-20. However, I encourage you to pull out your Bible and read Luke 5:17-26 in order to understand the full context of what is going on in this passage.
“and behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “‘Man, your sins are forgiven you” (Luke 5:18-20, ESV).
One of the first things that jumps out in this passage is that these men saw a need and stepped up to take action. Psychologically speaking, our actions are direct results of our core beliefs. And these men believed that Jesus was who He said He was. Whenever they were met with an obstacle, in this case, not being able to get to Jesus, they didn’t say, “Sorry, dude, there’s no way to get to Him”. No. Together, they found a way to meet this man’s need to get before Jesus because they believed in Jesus’ ability to do the impossible.
Looking back at the passage we just read, it says that when Jesus saw their faith. Not necessarily just the faith of the paralyzed man. It really doesn’t mention much about his individual faith. But it does say their faith. The man’s sins were forgiven; which is ultimate healing. The man was also healed physically when Jesus told him to pick up his mat and go home (Luke 5:24).
Their belief as a community in the Lord’s ability to do something so miraculous led to a man’s life being changed forever. I’d even dare say that all of their lives were changed forever. Because of their belief and their coming together to ask the Lord for healing, He moved and showed up in a powerful way.
Does the community you have believe on your behalf? So much that their actions match their belief? Do you believe in the power of the Lord Jesus so much that it moves you to be His hands and feet to others in need. The essence of Christ-centered community is that He is able to show up in amazing ways and point others back to Himself because that’s where true everlasting healing for our human condition is found.
Tomorrow, we are going to look at one last aspect of community that can be found from this story of incredible faith.
Thank you for the community that you have surrounded me with. Thank you that with community, you give me the opportunity to be your hands and feet to all those that you love. I ask that you help me to serve those around me well and to be a good steward of the friendships and relationships you place in my life. Help me love and serve them by your strength.
In Jesus name,