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Blind Bartimaeus
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Friday, Sep 18, 2020

Passionate cry

 

Mark 10:51”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."

 

Bartimaeus raised his voice above the multitude and screamed out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Imagine raising your voice above such a large crowd! Well, that was a passionate cry! 

 

Many do not charge to Jesus immediately,  they procrastinate: I will pray tomorrow, I will fast tomorrow, I will give up this very soon, yes, I want to quit doing this sin but not immediately, though, we dilly, dally, dither and get destroyed eventually.  Be warned! Jesus was floored by the bold persistence of Bartimaeus, He looked at him lovingly and asked: "What do you want Me to do for you?"  Bartimaeus focused in his need, asked: ‘Rabboni,  I want to see.’  Observe the reply of Jesus: “Go your way; your faith has made you well."  Bartimaeus received kudos for his faith! Immediately he received his sight!  He received his miracle immediately because he came to Jesus immediately!  That is how it works. Is the story over? Not yet………the best is yet to come.  Bartimaeus received a double miracle that day!  What was that? His physical as well as his spiritual eyes were opened!  His eyes were enlightened to see the Messiah!  He knew Jesus was no ordinary prophet but the Messiah.  So, so, so…. what did he do?  Instead of running back to his home, his dad, his friends or his loved ones to share the good news, Bartimaeus followed Jesus!  Awesome finish!  A blind beggar becomes the follower of Jesus!  He was no more found near the gate of Jericho but he faithfully followed Jesus! Let me repeat the words that I said earlier in the beginning of this message: Many receive but only some perceive His Glory!

 

I shared the message with my ‘Abide School’ kids as well, in fact, I pretended to be blind and had a little game of hide and seek with them in the midst of loud shrieks and laughter; but at the end of the game I spoke about Bartimaeus following Jesus.  As usual, just to make sure they got the message, I asked a question to the kids, ‘what did Bartimaeus do after he received his sight? ’ A poor hindu girl who had just joined our school two days back answered in telugu, ‘Bartimaeus followed Jesus.’  Ah, I was happy that they got it!  Did you get the message today?  I don’t mind being a clown or joker, whatever…as long as you get to know Him in a deeper way.  We got to get the vision of what God means! Let us come out of our blanket of shallow Christianity and get a bigger picture of this MIGHTY GOD.  Are you there?  HE CAN DO GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS FOR YOU TOO!

 

I was just expressing my heart, just the way I felt. 


 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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