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Mark 10:46-52 – Seeing Clearly
“…Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.”
– Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jericho and heading towards Jerusalem. A crowd had gathered to see them pass for the final time.
“When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’”
– Bartimaeus recognized Jesus as the Messiah and made this claim known to all around him.
“Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.”
– It could have been that the crowd was annoyed by this loud and obnoxious beggar who was making it difficult for them to hear anything that Jesus might say. It is also possible that they were concerned that too much attention drawn towards Jesus might attract the notice of the Roman guards.
“Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’”
– Jesus is never too busy for those who cry out to Him in need.
“So throwing of his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.”
– His cloak had defined him as a beggar; it was his comfort and, when spread out on the ground, his way of collecting alms.
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’”
– Jesus responds to this man just as He had done with James and John who had come to Him with “special needs.”
“Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed Him on that day.”
– With his sight restored, his need met, he responded by becoming a follower of Jesus.
Points to Contemplate:
What is your story?
Where were you sitting when Jesus passed your way? Were you blind to the wonder of God’s love for you? Were you immersed into the depths of your problems and your needs? Were you sitting on the roadside, begging for attention and watching the parade of faithful pass you by? What caused you to cry out for help? What need finally made you realize that you needed Christ in your life? Once you recognized that Jesus could fulfill this need, were you able to contain your passion? Or were you driven to cry out for Him, regardless of what others around you thought?
What cloak do you carry?
Are you burdened with a mantle of past hurts, persisting habits, or debilitating hang-ups that keep you from committing fully to Christ? Are you ready to throw off these cloaks and approach Jesus with an open heart? Can you release the ties that bind you to your past and allow Christ to create in you a new future? Do you have the faith and determination to shed all the denial you carry in order to fight for the hope and the promises that are available through your faith in Christ?
What do you want from Jesus?
Are you willing to see the truth of what His love reveals? Do you recognize where in your life that Christ will most readily work His transforming love? Are you seeking your own glory like James and John? Or do you simply want the ability to see and understand God’s plan for your life? Will this new vision empower you to follow Him wherever He leads?
What issues of blindness have you had to wrestle with in your life?
When you first came to recognize Christ as your Savior did you experience a feeling of clear vision? Did the revealing of His truth open up for you a new world of possibilities? Have you experienced other moments of epiphany and revelation?
In what areas of blindness are you still struggling?
Are you blind to the needs of others around you? Are you unable to see how to apply Christ’s teachings in all aspects of your life? Do hardships and difficult times cloud your vision and darken your heart? Have you developed areas of religious bias or narrow-mindedness? Can you boldly stand before Christ and call out;
“My teacher, let me see again?”
Do you see how this kind of faith can peel off the scales of blindness? When this happens are you willing to follow Jesus wherever He may lead?
Promises of the Gospel:
Mark presents us with seven little verses and a fairly straightforward message; or so we first think. Yet, when we consider how this story follows immediately behind the ill-fated request from the Sons of Thunder and just prior to the last procession into Jerusalem, we start to realize that these verses provide us with an important model for calling Christ into our lives. As we learn to recognize our individual areas of blindness we are to show a willingness to throw off the issues of our lives that tend to surround and insulate us with feelings of self-centeredness. We are then to boldly call for Christ, our Messiah, for His mercy and healing. As our blindness is removed, as the scales fall from our eyes, we can turn and follow Christ wherever He leads.
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