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True Friendship: The Paralytic

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend
who sticks closer than a brother.”
Proverbs 18:24


I. THE DARKNESS OF UNBELIEF


“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”  John 12:46

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.”  Ephesians 5:8

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves….” Colossians 1:13

“God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.  We’re Christ’s representatives. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (MSG)

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly
work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and
speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—“ 1 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG)

“Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him
unless someone tells them?”  Romans 10:13-14 (LB)


“….You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.  If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?  I’m putting you on a light stand.  Now that I’ve put you there on a hill-top, on a light stand —shine!   Keep open house; be generous with your lives.  By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:4-16 (Message)




Friends don’t let friends walk in the darkness
of unbelief: they bring them
to Jesus.


THE STORY OF THE PARALYTIC
(Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12 & Luke 5:17-26)  

17”One 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 5:16-26


III. THE SIGNS OF “TRUE” FRIENDSHIP


A true friend cares to ______________ no matter what.

“...tried to take him into the house to lay before Jesus.”  (v. 18)


    
The #1 Obstacle to bringing my friend to Jesus is: ________________ .

    
    -the ______________ of ____________________ .

    
    -the ______________ of ____________________ .



“Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there.” (v. 17)


2. A true friend cares to ________________ the burden of another.


Physical Burdens:

“Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2


    “burden” = “to depress or weigh down.”


    “...each one should carry his own load.” Galatians 6:5

        “load” = Personal responsibilities.


Emotional Burdens:

Disabilities were considered a just punishment for a sinful life.

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  
John 9:2


“In his own mind and in the minds of most of the people who saw him
his paralysis was a vivid representation of his own sinfulness and
of God’s judgment. That belief gave crippled and diseased people
even more reason to shun crowds.”   

-John MacArthur: New Testament Commentary: Matthew 8-15.


3. A true friend allows others to ____________ on their faith.


“When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (v. 20)


    “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”  Matthew 9:2


        “Take heart” (NIV) = “Take Courage” (KJV)

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