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All in

Pastor Jonathan Bergsma

City Impact of Cedar Springs

288 N. Main St., Cedar Springs

Greetings and blessings on whomever has the time to read this article today. I hope and pray the Lord’s favor on your life through his Holy Spirit for encouragement, blessing and direction in whatever circumstance of life you find yourself in today.

Today I felt led to share about the story in Mark 10:46, of Jesus healing the blind man Bartimaeus. The story goes as follows:

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

I love this passage because if you think about it, in the chaos and commotion of a large crowd, and all the multitude of people following Jesus, was every sick or disabled person wanting to get the attention of Jesus for healing.

This man, Bartimaeus, is crying out and causing a stir when Jesus passes by. It seems that Jesus was close enough that he must’ve heard the man but continued along without stopping or doing anything. Then the people start telling Bartimaeus he’s out of line, to be quiet, settle down, there’s not going to be time for him.

So what kind of reaction does this being ignored, scolded and criticized by many create in this blind man?

Does he say, “Ok, whatever, forget it, this Jesus guy is supposed to be the Messiah. Isn’t he supposed to care about people and heal them? Good grief he won’t even acknowledge me, a poor blind guy sitting here making all this noise? And these stupid people following him, who are they? Telling me to be quiet. They should feel sorry for me and help me, not try silence me and make me feel bad.”

Is this the reaction we see? Not at all. It seems the more he’s ignored and put down, the more he digs in and cries out all the more. He is desperate. “Help me, Jesus!”

And then what happens? Jesus stops in the midst of all the commotion of the crowd and says, “Bring that man to me.”

What was it that made Jesus stop the second time? I believe it was his commitment to Jesus for good beyond what his senses around him were telling him.

For Bartimaeus, and like so many times for us, when we come to Jesus and put ourselves out there with a need or in prayer, sometimes it seems like God is not listening. And then add to that every voice around you and every logical thing your senses can tell you says to be quiet, sit down, it’s not going to work! These are the times in so many of our lives when we can let outside influences mold our thinking and shape how we believe. And this is also the time where faith steps in and believes the truth of God’s word and his goodness over what we think or feel.

I believe this is faith, and that faith believes what is not yet seen, and when blind Bartimaeus could not see, he knew he had just this one chance, he wasn’t counting on people anymore. If Jesus truly was the Messiah, he was going after it or he was going to die trying. He was all in!

Jesus was here on earth to do good and it’s the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. So whatever it is you may be facing today, if you want your voice heard above the noise of the crowd and want to attract the attention of the King today then set your mind, set your heart, and press in to him no matter how bad things seem.

Father, I come to you in Jesus’ name and through the power of the Holy Spirit and through the blood of Jesus I stand in faith today. Father I set my heart, my mind, my will and emotions to follow you and the truth of your word believing that you are working for good on my behalf in every circumstance I am facing right now. Jesus, you are the only thing I cling to, I believe in you and thank you for opening the eyes of my heart to see your goodness, love, mercy, and love, in my life. For your glory today thank you and in Jesus name, Amen.

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