Sunday 28th November, 2018
Hymn od meditation: PH 545
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed.
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.
Our theme for reflection today is “The blind sees”. We read of God’s promise and assurance in Jeremiah 31, that He will save His people from captivity. The Israelites were God’s chosen children but they however disobeyed God, He punished them and sent them into captivity.
The Babylonians made them slaves in Babylon but Jeremiah told them that they will be in captivity for 70 years, and that all the people who had marched from their homes to Babylon will die in slavery. Jeremiah, however, went on to assure them that because of God’s love for them, God will bring them back again from their captivity.
Those who committed the sin that resulted in their going to captivity will die in slavery but God will redeem the people in the next generation.
God will bring them back home in Israel; He will bring the blind, the lame, expectant mothers and women in labour. In other words, God’s salvation for His people will be complete and no one will be left out. These words of hope for the Israelites as they suffer in captivity should encourage you that no matter what happens, God will deliver you from anything that is holding you in captivity.
In Luke 4:18, a passage described as the mission statement of Jesus Christ, He was sent to preach deliverance to the captive and the recovery of sight to the blind.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed…”
Your captivity may be fear, illness, poverty or drunkenness; It does not matter what captivity you are in, the assurance is that Jesus Christ has come to set you free.
No matter what is holding you captive, be it drunkenness, drug addiction, extreme anger, gossiping (too much gossiping in the church has caused people to leave the church), God can deliver you.
To the third reading in Mark 10:46-52
“Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road”
Blind Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus Christ and got healed. This is an illustration of the exercise of faith. We can also talk about his pitiful condition, how he did not listen to the opinion of others and the cause he had to forgo to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
You might be saying to yourself that you do not need Jesus Christ because you are not physically blind but the truth is that, you are spiritually blind; so, you need the Lord Jesus Christ. Spiritual blindness is when you have your physical sight but do not realise that the path you are treading or the life you are living will eventually lead you into eternal condemnation and destruction.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.
Are you blind to the beauty of the joyous Christian life? Like Bartimaeus, the crowd will try to stop you but the crowd may be bound to hell.
In my student days, people always saw members of the Scripture Union as dull Christians but after time, I came to the realization that the said Christians were rather those enjoying the victorious life. How can you say you are enjoying the good life when we take in so much alcohol mixed with wee etc. during our prime life which later, after settling down in marriage turn to bring fertility problems and various adverse effects on us. Some women base on their beauty to hop from one man to the other, doing series of abortions, and when ready for marriage finally, we turn to blame a witch for our predicament.
A lot are a spiritually blind today due to the negative lifestyle but just like the blind Bartimaeus, Jesus Christ has stopped in his tracks and calling unto you, asking, “what do you want me to do for you?” Our response should be that “we are spiritually blind and want to see.”
Jesus expects us to go win souls after our spiritual blindness is cured.
You know you are not ready to marry that girl you are dating, you are just wasting her time, and she also cannot leave you because of the money you splash on her. Each time she gets pregnant, she aborts or takes anti-pregnancy pills; you know in your heart that what you are doing is not good; you are destroying her womb for whoever will marry her in future. She eventually gets married barren and again, an old lady would be accused of causing the problem.
You took a marital vow to love you wife till death do you part but today, because of your spiritual blindness, you are now mistreating your wife, showing her so much disrespect. You do not even sleep at home, listening to friends of the ‘farm and garden concept’, you are spiritually blind. Cry out to Jesus like the blind Bartimaeus and God will restore your sight.
Do not joke with God, He will hold you responsible one of these days. Confess your sins to Him and He will heal you of that blindness.
Bartimaeus did not allow his cloak to hinder him from meeting with Jesus. Cast your cloak away like the blind Bartimaeus did. Whatever is causing you not to come to Jesus Christ must be thrown away, no matter how valuable it may seem to you.
Jesus Christ is calling on you, He has time for you, asking you to come to him and your life will never be the same. Hallelujah!