Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. Mark 10:46-52
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We have been working our way through the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark this week and have been challenged to “see” fully the following things that really count: depending through childlike faith, letting go of earthly treasure, yielding to the absolute claim God has on us, and becoming a living sacrifice for Christ. We conclude our week with an account of the healing of a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. This account is so appropriate at this juncture.
The parallel between physical blindness and spiritual blindness vividly opens us up to the true condition of or spiritual eyes and our need for God’s healing intervention. When God intervenes and our spiritual sight is restored, we are able to see clearly the things that really count. But we need to “see” that we don’t “see,” so that we want the healing intervention that our true condition calls for. This is what today’s account does for us. We are just blind beggars crying out to Jesus, Son of David, “have mercy on us and restore our sight.”
This is such a significant image for us because it leads to the beautiful image that comes from Christ’s response and what resulted for Bartimaeus: “‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.” Oh, how we need to cry out to Jesus for mercy and healing of our spiritual blindness. When we do, he will say, “Go, your faith has made you well.” Immediately, we will regain our spiritual sight and will begin following Christ on the road of true discipleship. Then and only then, will we “see” and enter fully into the “things that really count” from our considerations of this week.
Here are some concluding words that captures what all this means for us: So, God is our Maker and it is up to us to live in the reality of it. We must examine our lives for any evidence to the contrary. We are sure to find it and the only appropriate response is to ask God to help us make the commitment of surrender. The commitment of surrender is a commitment to pursue surrender throughout our lifetime. No one can choose to surrender in the sense that in doing so they are then once and for all surrendered. It is a goal that we choose to pursue day in and day out. Jesus said that the Father is looking for true worshipers. He also said that God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth. Worship is all about surrender and sacrifice to the One who made us and deserves our devotion and allegiance throughout our lifetimes. May God be merciful and draw us fully into the realm of His loving rule and reign so that we consistently and fully follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, you are the Potter and I am the clay. Mold me and shape me into a vessel you can use for your glory and honor on a daily basis. Grant me the kind of devotion and allegiance that keeps me following in your footsteps for the long haul, even in the face of sacrifice and suffering. I entrust my soul to you my faithful Creator in doing what is right. Amen!
Posted on Fri, March 16, 2018
by Ken Hart