From Beggar to Follower

Each step closer to Jerusalem. Focused on His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Anticipating cleansing the temple. Considering this final week’s teachings. Looking forward to His supper with the disciples. Smiling as He thinks of His disciples’ reaction to Him washing their feet. Dreading the pain of the beatings and the shame of the cross. Praying for His followers. Trusting in the resurrection. Rejoicing that His friends will be with Him forever.

What were the thoughts of Jesus that day?

A noisy crowd follows Jesus of Nazareth, all going up to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47)

“Be quiet!” But the beggar shouts louder.

Jesus stops. His focus turns from the upcoming week to the present. He tells the people to bring Bartimaeus to Him.

When Bartimaeus hears that Jesus is willing to talk with him, Bartimaeus throws off his coat, jumps to his feet, and goes to Jesus.

“What do you want for me to do for you?”(Mark 10:51)

Jesus asks us what we want Him to do for us, doesn’t He? Many times that is the entire content of our prayers, asking Jesus to do something for us.

Rabboni, I want to see!” Rabboni was used to speak reverently to God in prayer. This blind man knew that He was speaking to the promised Messiah, the Son of David. He knew that Jesus could give him sight – sight to see the face of his Messiah.

“Your faith has made you well.” (Mark 10:52) “Your faith has made you sozo.” Healed physically and spiritually. Whole. Faith in Jesus.

From sitting by the road to following Jesus on the road up to Jerusalem!

Sitting by the road? Call out to Jesus. Jump up. Run to Jesus. Be healed. Follow Him. Walk on the road with Him.

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Tired? Alone? Sitting on the road not knowing which direction to go?

Even in the midst of the crowd and in His focus on the upcoming week, Jesus stops for one beggar. He will stop for you.

Call out to Jesus. Jump up and run to Him. He will make you whole. Follow Him.
His guidance is sure. He loves you.

Father, thank You, that even in the midst of Jesus’ focus on Passover week, He stopped to heal a blind beggar, a man sitting by the road. Father, we are beggars sitting by the road. We are begging You; have mercy on us! We want to see Jesus as He is, our Savior and friend. Take us by the hand and lead us on Your eternal road. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.

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