Mark 2:3 “And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.”
In John 6, the five thousand gathered around him and he fed them from a small boy’s lunch but what happened the next day was appalling.
The day after feeding the crowd, they came around again and were expecting to be fed as usual. The only thing they wanted from Jesus was what they can get from him.
To be sure of this assertion, rather than give them bread again he preached some sense into them and shockingly they all left him. By the time service was over that day, only twelve men were left.
John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
When you have such a scenario, the folks that are left should be your real friends, I suppose? but Jesus didn’t make that assumption, he went ahead and put them to test as well:
John 6:67 “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
John 6:68 “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”
John 6:68 “And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter showed Jesus that they were in the relationship for the long-haul. They were not there to use him. You must know the people in your life for bread and those that are not.
The man with the palsy had truly great friends. These guys were a great support system for him. I’m sure he’ll be forever grateful for his four friends. They were there for him; they loved him through thick and thin. Hear this:
Hebrew 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.”
The man with the palsy had great friends who demonstrated real brotherly love.
Earlier in this meditation, I said you should do an audit of your friends by asking, how far can they go for you? But I think a better question should be, how far am I willing to go for my own friends?
To be continued…
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