I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Now we are entering into the time of Advent, getting ready for Christmas. During this season, may our eyes, our ears, our hearts, all that we are be looking for the grace of Christ in each moment!
Today we look at Mark 10:46-52:
46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 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.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Today we see Jesus heal Bartimaeus, we see Jesus restore his sight. And when we read this passage, there are a couple of things that stand out to me. First, notice what the man calls Jesus. Son of David. Jesus is called Son of God a lot in the Bible. He calls Himself Son of Man a lot as well. But this is a unique title that is telling.
Bartimaeus, in calling Jesus Son of David, understand that He is the one that is to come from the line of David. The Messiah is to be a descendant of David. Bartimaeus is speaking the truth, Jesus is the one that is to come from David’s line. But here’s the thing. The Messiah, the Son of David, that they were looking for was a political king that would drive out the Romans and establish that earthly kingdom like David.
So, yes, Bartimaeus was right in knowing who Jesus was. But he was wrong in understanding what Jesus was here to do. He made assumptions about who Jesus was. And he missed what Jesus was wanting to do.
Let’s not make the same mistake.
Second, notice that once again Jesus heals someone’s sight. Someone is able to see because of what Jesus has done.
One thing to always remember in the Gospels when Jesus heals the blind and restores sight, He isn’t just restoring physical sight. He’s restoring the ability to see spiritually. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 it says:
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Without Christ, we may be able to “see” but we can’t see. The sight that Jesus provides is more than physical. It’s spiritual. Jesus grace (we in the United Methodist tradition call this grace prevenient) restores our ability to see. To know. To understand. Jesus’ grace, given to all, allows us to choose, to follow, or to reject. To not follow. Not all that Jesus healed followed Him.
But when He restores our sight through His grace, we can see. We can choose. We can follow. We can see.
Today, may we allow His grace into our lives, may we see. And may we follow Him, wherever He calls!
Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 11:1-11.
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