We read in the Bible of a man who was paralyzed and could not walk. Doctors had not been able to help him; there was no hope, he needed a miracle. This man had four friends who knew Jesus would be in Capernaum that day and decided to take their friend to be healed.
Jesus was probably smiling as He waited for this entourage to arrive. They would unknowingly participate in the lesson He had planned that day. Jesus wanted all those within His voice to understand His authority; not only could He heal their diseases, but He could forgive their sins.
When they arrived at the place Jesus was teaching, they realized it would be almost impossible to make their way through the crowd of people. One his friends had an idea, it was a crazy idea, but they were desperate. The plan was to climb to the top of the house, break through the roof and lower their friend down to Jesus. It would not be easy. The weight of the man and the difficulty of tearing through the roof would be quite a task in itself. But they were determined as they shuffled the man around, securing the ropes and finally lowered him safely at the feet of Jesus.
Though the Bible never mentions the names of these friends, we know this act was motivated by compassion and love and required great sacrifice. Jesus said, “Love one another, even as I have loved you. . . by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” He also said, “There is no greater love than this that a man lay down his life for his friend.” Laying down one's life does not necessarily mean to physically die for someone. There is no greater act of love than when we surrender our will to God and deny our needs for a friend or someone we may not even know.
There are times in all of our lives when we just cannot reach that place in God’s presence to receive our healing, forgiveness, salvation or whatever needs we have. Sometimes we struggle with certain situations so long we become weak and lose faith. Just like the paralyzed man, we reach a place when we need a friend to intervene and tear down the strongholds of doubt and fear the enemy has built, and take us to the feet of Jesus. When love is involved, it overshadows the sacrifice required. There is no greater act of love.