- JESUS: The Series (Season 4)
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Try to imagine this scene as you read it. What were the sounds? What were the smells? What would it be like to be blind in those times? How would you feel hearing that Jesus was coming to walk by your way?
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 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!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. – Mark 10:46-52
Why do you think the crowd told Bartimaeus to be quiet? Why did that make him cry out even more?
Jesus told Bartimaeus to come to Him. The crowd wasn’t interested in him but Jesus was. But Jesus asked Him a strange question “What do you what me to do for you?” What if Jesus asked you that question today? What do you really need? Think past all the temporary and material. What do you really need?
Call out to Jesus with faith today, ask Him for what you really need. It changed Bartimaeus forever, it just might change you too.