Day 8

January 10

Mark 10

There’s a lot in this chapter, but I want to focus on the end—Blind Bartimaeus. In ancient times, most occupations were dependent on physical labor so anyone with a handicap would likely be reduced to begging. But to add insult to injury, blindness was considered to be a curse from God as a direct result of sin. This man was rejected in every sense of the word. He heard Jesus coming and shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” This was a common way for people to address Jesus as the Messiah, since it was known that Messiah would be a descendent of David. Bartimaeus was proclaiming his faith in Jesus as Messiah.

Then Jesus asks the question he asked many others, “What do you want me to do for you?” This is so powerful. Jesus wanted him to ask. Asking Jesus to heal him was a statement of faith that he believed Jesus did in fact have the power to heal.

When my kids want dessert, they come to me because they believe I have access to dessert, and I’m willing to give it to them. When my kids want money, they come and ask me because they believe I have access to money, and I’m willing to give it to them. When my kids want help with their math homework, they do NOT ask me. They know I can’t help. When you ask someone for something it is because you have the faith that they have what you’re asking for, and they are willing to give it to you.

We sometimes struggle with pain, disease, and disaster in our lives. Whatever is stressing you out right now Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?” He’s not asking because he doesn’t know. He’s asking so you can admit to him and to yourself that Jesus is the solution to your healing, and he’s willing to give it to you. It takes courage to ask in faith, believing that Jesus is enough. It takes courage to give up the crutches, the pity, and the tears that have kept you company for so long. It takes courage to accept the responsibility of being healed and achieving a new life where you support yourself without a crutch. When Jesus opens your eyes, you’ll see it was worth the trade.

No matter how difficult your handicap, you don’t have to live in it. Jesus can help you
overcome it. No matter how many have rejected you, including yourself, Jesus accepts you.
Show that you believe he can and will help you by asking in faith.

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

What holds you or others back from asking and believing Jesus for what you need?

Pastor Philip Hahn
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