April 1, 2020

Bartimeus Receives Sight. - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,  I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from   the book of   Mark 10:47- 49,And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out and say, “Jesus son of David, have mercy on me.” Then many warned him to be quiet,  but he cried out all the more. “Son of David, have mercy on me.”So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him Be of good cheer Rise He is calling you.”

It’s common to see people looking down on beggars and poor folks who roam about on the street so untidy and begging for food. Even the dogs go chasing and   barking at them, because of their shabby state. But I would like to introduce a humble person called Jesus, who went about doing good to all who came in contact with Him.  He was a God of mercy. He came to save those who were caught up in sin. To preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, and to proclaim liberty to the captives. He healed the sick, and   those possessed with evil spirit, made the lame to walk and caused the blind to see. One such incident took place on the way to Jericho, while Jesus lived on this earth 2000 years ago. 

Jesus treated all sections of people  without any discrimination. If you have a close relationship with  Jesus, He will be a good friend, and He will guide you and lead you in the right  path. Once you taste the love of Jesus, you will never let Him go off your life. He is a good God and you will begin to be more like him, behaving more like him and respecting others.Once Jesus was walking on   the streets of Jericho. A multitude of people followed him. There was a rush of noise all over the street because most of the people were excited to see Jesus. Those who come to Jesus must come to Him by faith. At that time   people on the street informed Bartimeus that Jesus was passing by. He was anxious to meet Jesus for he believed that if only he met Jesus he would receive his sight. 

Every day to fill his belly he would sit on the street and beg for alms with an out stretched arms. When he heard that Jesus was passing  by, he was very anxious to meet him. He did not want to miss this opportunity. There was no one to help him or take him to Jesus. All of them were busy following Jesus. They anticipated that he would perform miracles. And  so did Bartimeus the son of Timaeus begging on the roadside. He struggled to get himself through the crowd to meet Jesus. The best thing he could do was to cry out to Jesus. “He said, “Jesus son of David, have mercy on me.” But   many warned him to be quiet but he cried out all the more. “Son Of David have mercy on me.” 

The moment he was called by Jesus He threw off his old garment and he  rose and came up to him. Jesus asked him, “ What do you want me to do for you?  ” Bartimeus replied “ Rabboni, I need to receive my sight.”Then Jesus said, Go your way, your faith has made you well.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. 

Jesus knew the heart of Bartimeus. He also knew that  he needed sight, very badly. Jesus came to his aid and  since he cried out in faith, Jesus gave him sight instantly. His faith was honoured. For God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. For everyone who asks, receives. 

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we   thank You for this blessed day.  Lord we thank You because You know our needs and answer our tearful prayers. When we cry, You listen to our cry. Lord you took pity on Bartimeus and gave him sight. Teach us  to increase our faith in You. And cry out to You for help. May we realize your goodness and love You, for what You are. 

In Jesus name we pray. 


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