In Mark 10 we read a story about Jesus healing a blind man called Bar-timaeus. It’s a great story but there is more to learn from this story than the power that Jesus displayed by healing a blind man. In this story, there are more players than just Jesus.
There is of course a nameless blind man, the son of Timaeus, who spent his days begging. With all the commotion that blind man knew that Jesus was passing his way. He had heard the name _ he had no doubt heard the stories about him _ and more importantly he believed what he had heard and so he called out, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
There are also Jesus’ disciples. How did they react to the situation? Did they join in on this plea for mercy for this poor blind man? No, the crowd tried to make him hush. They basically scolded him for being a nuisance. They saw him as expendable, as someone whose lack of dignity didn’t deserve the help of a very busy Jesus’. Now maybe they were so caught up in the moment that they thought Jesus wouldn’t want to bother with a blind and helpless beggar. However, if they had been paying more careful attention to Jesus’ teaching _ if they had noticed that he ministered to anyone with a need they would have known better.
So, there is Jesus _ the merciful Son of God. There is a nameless blind beggar trying to get a little help. And there are the followers that were more caught up in crowd control than in helping a helpless man. But there is one more player that needs to be considered. It’s the people that read this story _ it’s you and me. Unfortunately, there are times we can get so caught up in “church work” that we fail to do the work of the church. We fail to pray for people _ we fail to reach out to people _ we don’t listen to people _ we have places to go and things to do _ we have problems of our own to be solved.
If that describes you maybe you need to reconsider something Jesus taught in a sermon He preached _ something we call The Golden Rule: “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…” (Matthew 7:12) I don’t know about you but I am sure glad that Jesus practices what He preaches. He is never too busy for me _ He is never distracted by what is going on or what is about to happen. Jesus never misses an opportunity to help helpless people.
Church, Jesus calls us to live with one another in a God-pleasing way. That means that every person has needs and is important. That means we ask the question, “What can I do for you?” That means: that we help everyone we can help, even if it means a change in our plans.
Has anyone done something nice for you lately? How did that make you feel? Have you done something nice for someone lately? How did that make you feel? I have a feeling that in both situations it made you feel good.