Lent Devotions 2012: Monday 27th February

“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!’” Mark 10:47

Here we have a blind beggar in a huge crowd, probably in their thousands and noisy, all moving around and talking and trying to find out what is going on. When we are in a big crowd – and I mean a BIG crowd – it can be very confusing as to what is actually happening. We have the luxury of Public Address systems, massive TVs to show the person or personas at the focus of attention. Sometimes to actually get to the event, without actually knowing where it is, we often follow the crowd in the hope that at least some of them are heading to where you want to go. Now imagine being blind in that melee. A beggar. No-one is interested in you, and quite possibly would want to avoid contact with you. He could not see the best place to stand to hear Jesus, he was just surrounded by lots of people and used his ears. When Jesus appeared before the crowd, a murmur – or maybe shouts would have gone around –’That must be Jesus!’ So Bartimaeus does the only thing he can – he shouts at the top of his voice. He calls to Jesus to have mercy on him. Despite all the hubbub, movement and noise, Jesus hears him.

It is exactly the same for us. We are blind in our sin, but know that Christ is there to take it away and forgive us. All we have to do is to call out and He will hear us and reach into our crowded, busy lives.

Dear Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son into the world to pay the ultimate price and sacrifice. Let us all remember and give thanks and cause a few believers to become a huge crowd of believers. In Your Son’s dear name, Amen.