10th May 2018

The Message For All Is…

“Courage! Get up, He is calling you!”
Mark 10:49 (Moffatt)

Today I’d like to point you in the direction of a blind man who shouted continually to attract the attention of Jesus, and the great blessing that came his way as a result of that commotion. We find this story in the gospel of Mark chapter 10 verses 46 to 52.

This event crackles with meaning for every one of us as it unfolds; notice, here is a blind beggar sitting on the road out of Jericho, one of many I expect who were destined to go through life denied the self respect of earning his own living. I guess that most of us can’t really put ourselves in this situation to truly understand what it was like to be Bartimaeus, having to beg for bread to survive?

As Jesus was leaving the city with his disciples and a large crowd, this blind beggar begins to shout, “Son of David! Jesus, have pity on me!” But how did he know it was Jesus that was passing by? Perhaps he heard the conversation of the crowd that followed as they discussed Jesus. So he shouted loudly to draw attention to his plight, so much so that people in the crowd told him to “Be quiet—stop yelling!” But he shouted all the louder! Good for him I say! Notice then, Jesus stopped and said “Call him”; so they called the blind man. Now notice that they are no longer telling him to shut up but saying, “Courage! Get up, he is calling you!”

Verse 50 tells us that “Throwing off his cloak he jumped up and went to Jesus.” Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Master (Rabboni), I want to regain my sight.” And Jesus said, “Go, your faith has made you well.” He regained his sight and followed Jesus along the road!

Had it not been for the conversations of others, Jesus may have passed him unnoticed. And you know even today the words of others can point people towards the Lord. The message has got to be, NOT “Keep quiet—he is too busy to deal with you;” but, “Courage, get up! He is calling you!” When that happens, it is as though we have found an assurance that we have been looking for all our lives!

Prayer
Lord of all grace and mercy, thank you that you do hear the cries of those who have a need of you, whoever they are and wherever they are.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

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Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

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