The gospel today from Mark 10: 46-52 tell us about Bartimae’us encounter with the Messiah.
The blind Bartimae’us made a commotion to get the attention of Jesus, he cried out
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Jesus called for him and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Master, let me receive my sight.”
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
A powerful encounter.
Bartimae’us encounter with Jesus made a very very significant impact in his life. He was healed miraculously from his physical blindness.
But I believe that he also received another miracle which is healing of his spiritual eyes. Not only did Jesus healed his physical infirmity but also spiritual infirmity. And it was the more significant gift he received, the restoration of his spiritual eyes – his faith. He saw Jesus not only as a human Jesus but also as the Christ, the Messiah,the Son of David, the one who is to come.
No wonder the scripture tells us that ‘immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way’
It is also good to note that Bartimae’us healing did not come easily for him. He faced rebuking from the people around him, telling him to be silent. He experienced opposition. How easy would it been for him to be discourage and sulk in the corner, hoping the Master might look his way accidentally so that he might get notice. Yet, no. We see him, crying out loud all the more.
When our prayers are not answered how do you relate to God? Do you hold firm in him? Or your faith is shaken?
When people around us is telling us to be silent, do you keep silent, sulk in the corner and start to pity yourself? Or do you cry out all the more to God in prayer until he call out for you?
If Jesus ask you right now, “What do you want me to do for you?”
What will you ask from the great Master?
What do you want him to do for you?
Bartimae’us left that place and followed Jesus and was never the same man again. Jesus healed his blindness and opened his spiritual eyes – his faith.
An encounter with Jesus will never leave us unscathed( in a good way). An encounter with the Lord will make a mark in our lives that will surely change us – the way we relate to people, the way we handle our time and possession, the way we see life – everything. Because our spiritual eyes will be opened and we will begin to see things in God’s perspective.
Everyday is an opportunity to be change by God’s love. When we spend time with God in prayer,when we take time to study scriptures, when we do good to others, and every time we bring Jesus to people around us.
Jesus is asking you today, “What do you want me to do for you?”.
May Jesus never leave you unscathed with your encounter with him. 🙂