Thursday, March 08, 2007

Jesus stopped

I am preaching this Sunday on the story of Jesus healing the blind man Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). I find several statements in this passage very striking.

One is in verse 49, where it says that "Jesus stopped." He was surrounded by a large crowd of people pressing in on him, yet Jesus was aware of this one poor man sitting by the road. So "Jesus stopped" to know him, converse with him, heal him.

Jesus was very close to Jerusalem, where in just a week or so he would give his life as a ransom for many. He was on the most important mission his life -- indeed, of all time. Still, "Jesus stopped" to pay attention to this one man's need.

Jesus Christ was the Creator of the universe. He needed no one and no thing to complete him, because he was (and is) God. He was omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent in his divine nature. Still, "Jesus stopped" to have a relationship with a blind beggar.

Jesus knew that some of the admiring people in the crowd would be the very ones who would laugh at and mock him as he hung from the cross. Nevertheless, "Jesus stopped" to care for a sinful human being.

He stops every day for you and me. He's never too busy, never too self-absorbed, never too holy to attend to our needs as we look to him in faith.

Bartimaeus was very bold. As soon as he knew Jesus was passing by, Bartimaeus shouted over and over again, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" He knew that Jesus would stop for him.

Do you? Do you know that "Jesus, ready, stands to save you/Full of pity, joined with power"?

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