Mark 10:46-52 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.
Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
When you’re at the bottom, there’s only one way up. For Blind Bartimaeus, that way up was through Jesus. Scripture says Blind Bartimaeus was sitting by the roadside begging. I’m sure this was his daily routine of begging for whatever folks would give him. However, on this day everything changed for Blind Bartimaeus because Jesus showed up.
How many of you know that when Jesus shows up, things must change? Scripture says when Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Funny thing is, the crowd rebuked him and told him to be quiet. I love how the scripture says he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
You see, Bartimaeus had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even though others thought he was just a blind beggar who was not worthy of Jesus’ time, Bartimaeus was sick and tired of being sick and tired. He realized his one chance to get to Jesus was just a few feet in front of him and he wasn’t about to stay on the bottom any longer.
For someone reading this post, perhaps you’re at the bottom were the only way up is Jesus. Perhaps, you’ve hit a rough patch in your life that consist of drug addiction, divorce, separation, or financial hardship. Whatever the case maybe, today Jesus is only a few feet in front of you. It doesn’t matter if the crowd around you is yelling, “be quiet!” This is your time to shout out even more, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Like with Blind Bartimaeus, Jesus will stop and say to the crowd, “call him.” I’m asking you today to cheer up! Stand up on your feet, for Jesus is calling and reaching out to you for His arms are not too short to save (Isaiah 59:1).
Father, thank you for your unfailing grace and mercy. We love how you are always full of mercy for all who are down cast with life. Renew in us a spirit of peace, a heart of love and a made up mind to follow you. Father, thank you for restoring our sight. Thank you for restoring all that we have lost due to adversities we may face in life.
You are our passion and redeemer whom every tongue must confess, “Jesus is Lord!” May today be the day we decide to look up from our circumstances for they do not define who we are in Christ. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen!
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