SON OF DAVID HAVE MERCY ON ME
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus, his disciples, and many people were leaving Jericho, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him!” They called the blind man and told him, “Cheer up! Get up! He’s calling you.” The blind man threw off his coat, jumped up, and went to Jesus. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Teacher, I want to see again.” Jesus told him, “Go, your faith has made you well.” At once he could see again, and he followed Jesus on the road.
Have you ever been in total darkness? I have been in caves and turned the light off. It is a strange thing to not be able to see anything. There is no sense of direction or distance. The darkness goes on forever. As I’m writing this I’m sitting outside in the predawn darkness. It is overcast and no stars or moon are visible. But it is not complete darkness. Even though it is dark I can still see the horizon. I’m out in the country and as I look toward town, the lights of the city illuminate the clouds above. If this was how I saw the world during the day I would be legally blind. Without my glasses I would be unable to read or write yet I could see well enough to do most things. There are degrees of blindness.
In comparing blindness to sinfulness we must be careful to understand that there are no degrees of sinfulness. There are no large or small sins. Even thinking of sinning is sinning.* Sin is sin.
We may feel that some people are closer to God or further from him. Perhaps we think our sin is too great to be forgiven. However, if we cry out for mercy as Bartimaeus did, He is there. Jesus came to give sight the blind, hearing to the deaf, and to make the lame walk again.** As miraculous as those deeds are, the most miraculous thing is, He also came to release us from our sins.
Son of God, have mercy on me.
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