I am the One, This is the Place, Now is the Time.
When Jesus died, He died for the sins of all the world. And all who decide to put their trust and faith in Him have a call on their lives. Everyone is born with gifts and talents, but the call comes when you meet the One who created you. Once you’re a believer, you become the one; you don’t have to wait for someone to stand up, you are the one who stands up. You don’t have to wait for someone to cry out, you are the one to cry out. We see a perfect example of this in Mark 10 when we read the story of Bartimaeus.
During this age, if you were a beggar, you wore beggar’s garments. People would scatter from you because what you wore was a sign of your shame on display for everyone else. Today many of us may appear to have it all together, nicely dressed and displaying confidence, but on the inside we might just be dying. Bartimaeus could not hide the fact that he was a blind beggar, and yet on the inside he was alive with faith.
“When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’” —Mark 10:47
This man had never seen Jesus perform a miracle, he had only heard of Him. It’s one thing to believe because you’ve seen something, it’s another to believe based only on what you’ve heard about something. Faith comes by hearing the Word, and as we read in John 1, Jesus is the Word. Because of Bartimaeus’s great faith, Scripture says he cried out.
Honestly, if that was me, the first thing that I would have asked Jesus for would’ve been a miracle! He had heard what Jesus was doing—making the sick well, the blind see, and the deaf hear—but this man knew that before he was a blind man, he was a sinner. He knew this was his most desperate condition and he wanted Jesus to touch his life, not so that he would be able to see, but so that his soul would be well. This man, blind from birth, had never seen his parents or siblings, he had never been able to draw in the dirt or run around with the other kids, and yet his first request is that his heart be made right with God.
Many warned him to shut up. He must have been really loud because we read that there was a large crowd surrounding Jesus that day. Imagine how loud NFL stadiums get on game days when fans see their favorite players. . . . But this was Jesus! The man who cast out demons and raised men from the dead! I don’t think it was quiet there.
“Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’” —Mark 10:48
Rebukes didn’t stop this man; he cried out all the more. What are you willing to do to cry out for Jesus? When was the last time that you cried out loud to Him, baring your soul in the moments when you need Him most? You may not do this every day, but there are seasons when you need to be crying out to the One whose relationship with you is the most important of all. Bartimaeus knew he needed the One who touches lives.
Check out what happened when he kept crying out.
“Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’” —Mark 10:49
Jesus stood still. What are you doing to make Jesus stand still in your life? What have you brought before the King of Kings that has stopped Him in His tracks? Have you worshipped until you have no more capacity in your lungs? Have you prayed until your voice is hoarse?
There is one more story in the Bible where we see Jesus stopped short like this. In Mark 5 Jesus was pressed in on all sides by the crowds when a sick woman touched his cloak in faith.
“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’” —Mark 5:30
It was the faith in this woman’s touch that caused miracles to happen and Jesus to turn. With Bartimaeus, it was the faith in his voice that made Jesus stop.
This was the place, right where he was at, that Bartimaeus was called to encounter Jesus. Jesus knew where he was, He knew what he needed, and He met him there.
“So they called to the blind man, ‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’ Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.” —Mark 10:49-50
Bartimaeus didn’t wait to be healed, he didn’t wait to be brought out of his beggar’s position, he immediately threw off all excuses to meet Jesus. That’s faith! He knew that Jesus was all he needed.
“What do you want Me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him.” —Mark 10:51
Wait a minute, don’t you think Jesus knew that this man was blind? Why did He even ask this question? Because everything with Jesus is a heart issue. After hearing his plea for mercy, Jesus wanted to hear Bartimaeus say what it was that he really wanted.
“The blind man said, ‘Rabbi, I want to see.’ ‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” —Mark 10:51-52
If you were blind, if you had no money, what is it that you would want Jesus to do for you? What do you want Jesus to do for you today?
He is the One, this is the place, now is the time.
Jesus is asking you today, “What do you want Me to do for you?” What will you say to which He will reply, “Go, your faith has made you well?” I know that when I need a touch of God in my life I can cry out in faith to the One who hears me.
Jesus saw Bartimaeus’ faith before He healed him. This man received his life, then his sight, and gave everything to follow Jesus. He didn’t forget about the Giver once the gift was received; instead he devoted his life to the One who saved his.
What about us? We were all once living in darkness as well until we were brought into the light. How much more should we be devoted to this Light?
—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals
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