A Personal Encounter With The Master

Of course you know how to pray for a crippled man, his needs are obvious, right? But do they always know what your needs are? Isn’t it sometimes a mystery to others where you are hurting, or what your deepest needs are? Don’t you wonder sometimes if they really care? I believe that we will be reminded today that Jesus truly cares about us, no matter how confused others may appear to be, or how much they ignore your needs. Stay tuned.

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2021-06-05
WRITTEN AT: Sebring, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Mark 10:48-52
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: 48 Those in the crowd were indignant and scolded him for making so much of a disturbance, but he kept shouting with all his might, “Son of David, have mercy on me now and heal me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they went to the blind man and said, “Have courage! Get up! Jesus is calling for you!” 50 So he threw off his beggars’ cloak, jumped up, and made his way to Jesus.
51 Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The man replied, “My Master, please, let me see again!”
52 Jesus responded, “Your faith heals you. Go in peace, with your sight restored.” All at once, the man’s eyes opened and he could see again, and he began at once to follow Jesus, walking down the road with him.

APPLICATION: In another story, I found it especially fitting how Jesus gathered the children to Himself, despite the disciples trying their best to send them away. Now in our story today, to see how the disciples also tried to send the blind man away so that Jesus would not be bothered by his call for mercy and healing. What I appreciate most of all though, is to see how Jesus singled out this blind man to learn more about his needs. We must be reminded that Jesus knew all about this man and his personal needs, long before he every ordered him to be brought before Him. However, it is often good for us to verbalize exactly what is going on inside of us, especially to the Creator of the Universe. Imagine for a moment if Jesus had just ordered that sight be returned to this man and afterwards, He just ordered the disciples to have him go about his way. What might the blind man have gained spiritually about that kind of distant encounter? Can’t you see that Jesus wanted to have a personal encounter with this man? We tend to grow relationally when we have a personal encounter, don’t we? That’s why pastors and evangelists often encourage non believers to not only meet the Savior, but to have a personal relationship with Him. There’s more accountability one for another when this happens, and we are more convinced of the love someone has for us when they are willing to meet with us where we are, understand our very personal convictions and needs, and make an effort to hold our hand or help us through the mountains in our life. Jesus is just that kind of loving Savior, and One that we have good reason to seek after, accept and follow for the rest of our lives. After all, He created us and He has a perfect plan for our lives. However, He will not force Himself on anyone, so just like the blind man, Jesus wants us to express our desire to know Him, to have a relationship with Him, and He wants to meet our needs in ways that are way beyond anything we could imagine. Have you called out to Jesus yet my friend? You may not be blind, but your needs may be even greater than Bartimaeus in various ways. Jesus knows about your troubles, challenges and your deepest needs, but He wants to hear from you. Are you interested in a one-on-one relationship with the Master and willing to share your heart with Him? Imagine His hands outreached in much the same way as He may have been when He ordered the disciples to bring him to Me. Talk with Him right now dear friend, and be willing to move when He calls.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus is more interested in hearing about our needs than just healing from a distance. He wants a personal relationship with us as He meets with us and hears us acknowledge our shortcomings and our failures. With God, ALL things are possible!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for wanting to know me, to reach out and touch me rather than meeting my needs from a distance. It is such a relief to admit our inadequacies and inabilities to a God who knows it all and can remedy our every weakness. Please Lord, touch the hearts of my readers and listeners today, as together we acknowledge our need of the King of all kings. Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus. Please make our lives shine with the love and glory of Jesus that the lost will be drawn to the source of our strength, love and wisdom. AMEN!

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Lord, Have Mercy on Me!

I’m sure that in most churches this past weekend, believers gathered together to praise God for His infinite mercies and grace, but I wonder, how many of you had anyone shouting out to Jesus for healing? Perhaps your weekend services are very organized, and follows a very detailed order of service, and nothing was programmed for such activity. Or was it in your midweek service where the blind come for healing? Do the blind even do this anymore, or have they been talked out of it? It seems appropriate that we should meditate on where the blind, the lame or the sick go to find Jesus these days. Join me as we meditate on this dear friend!

Monday, 2019-08-26

Bible Reference: Luke 18:35-41
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)

Bible Text: 35 As Jesus and his followers arrived at Jericho, there was a blind beggar sitting on the roadside. 36 When he heard the crowd approaching, he asked, “What’s all this commotion about?”
37 “It’s Jesus!” they said. “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.”
38 The blind beggar shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity and show me mercy!”
39 Those who were in the front of the crowd scolded him and warned him to be quiet. But the blind beggar screamed out even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!”
40 Suddenly Jesus stopped. He told those nearby, “Bring the man over to me.” When they brought him before Jesus, he asked the man, 41 “What is it you want me to do for you?”
“Lord,” he said, “please, I want to see again.”

OBSERVATION: I’m sure that in most churches this past weekend, believers gathered together to praise God for His infinite mercies and grace, but I wonder, how many of you had anyone shouting out to Jesus for healing? Perhaps your weekend services are very organized, and follows a very detailed order of service, and nothing was programmed for such activity. Or was it in your midweek service where the blind come for healing? Do the blind even do this anymore, or have they been talked out of it? It seems appropriate that we should meditate on where the blind, the lame or the sick go to find Jesus these days. Join me as we meditate on this dear friend!

APPLICATION: Because many businesses open to the public on weekends, and because television, radio and podcasts of services are giving churches limited air space, church services are generally programmed to last for a very limited time. But I want us to try and place this story into the context of where we might expect the blind or lame or deaf to have an encounter with Jesus in our current times. As I reflect on this story, I could only imagine a scene where our Worship Pastor might arrive on a Sunday morning to prepare for our worship services, and immediately upon swinging the doors to the sanctuary open, what his reaction might be if he heard 2 or 3 blind persons sitting in the front row seats begging for mercy, or looking to him begging for food. This might seem so unusual to him, that he may quickly retrieve his cell phone and call for law enforcement. Alternately, during the morning service imagine if we had a few people sitting in wheelchairs down one of our isles, and suddenly during our pastoral prayer, they might begin to shout out to God for mercy and healing. What do you imagine the pastor would do? What advice might the elders give him as they stand in shock? Friends, I believe that God got my attention this morning as I meditated on this Scripture, and caused me to look intently at what our churches have turned into. Can you see where it has become a place for those who are well? I know, we should go to church so that we might praise God for all that He has done in our lives, but when last do you remember doing that? If the worship songs hit you the right way, you might praise God, or if the preacher is excitable and super interesting, you might be encouraged to raise your hand in thanksgiving to God. Notice in our story that the blind man paid no attention to the demands of the people to be quiet, he wanted healing and he shouted to get the attention of Jesus, specifically for the purpose of his healing. Are you willing to ignore the expectation of the crowd and communicate your needs boisterously to the Creator of this earth, and of your very own being? I believe that Jesus is waiting for us to work through the structure we have built for our worship to Him, and actually see us humbly bow at His feet to ask for exactly what we need. This might also include a time where you might boldly bow before Him in thanksgiving for miracles wrought in your life, or the lives of your relatives. Oh that God may give us the boldness and strength to approach His throne even today as we recognize Him passing by.

PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for stopping the march you were on that day to speak to the needs of a blind man in need of a touch from You. Please help us to never be a stumbling block to anyone seeking an audience with You. The blind still exist today, and others with similar maladies. Please help Your church to always be prepared to help those in need of a Savior. Whether it’s helping them get to the front of the crowd – by helping them get to church, or whether it’s helping them stand before Your throne of grace where they may seek Your face and beg for a hand up. You spoke it in Your Word that You came for the sick and needy and not for the well. Oh that we may seek out the needy and help them meet You wherever You are. AMEN!