Be Still Know
Mark 10:51a (NLT)
‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked.
Many of you are reading this in Holy week when the church recalls the events that led to Jesus’ death and resurrection. As Jesus approaches Jerusalem he passes through Jericho and here a blind man, Bartimaeus, calls out. In fact he makes such a scene, ignoring the crowd’s attempts to silence him, that he secures Jesus’ attention. Summoned forward he answers Jesus’ question stating he wants his sight back.
As we once again make the journey to Easter do we approach it with eyes shut or open? It is easy for our over familiarity of the events to rob us of discovering Christ afresh within them. Yet, each year we are to look for fresh revelation from the resurrected one.
This week is a great opportunity to call out afresh to Jesus. Whatever it is that obscures our view, blinds us to the reality of Christ, is something we can with great confidence come and present to God. Yes, there will be many reasons to keep quiet. A voice may come reminding us of past failures, or suggesting we are too distant from Jesus for him either to hear our cry or pay attention to our need.
But, Bartimaeus’ story encourages us to speak out once more. He asks to recover his sight – and he does recover this as a result of his faith. We don’t know for certain if he recovered his physical sight or was able to see once more through the eye of faith. Certainly his faith was bolstered to the degree that he was able to follow Christ on the way (Mark 10:52) which could suggest a physical path or a spiritual one. The gospels contain many other accounts of Jesus’ physical healing of many ailments. I’m certainly not casting doubt upon Jesus’ ability to heal physically. However, the greater healing is always the recovery and deepening of faith. For faith it is that sustains our friendship with God and through faith we are made whole.
QUESTION: If Jesus were to ask you the same question he asked the blind man, ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ what would you say?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please reveal yourself afresh to me through your word this week, open my eyes again to see.