Fresh Hope – 11th December 2017

As we approach this Christmastime, we are once again reminded of the great lengths that God went to in sending Jesus to reach us. Yet, no matter how many times we think of that, we all are prone to slip back into our default mode of believing that God only wants from us and not for us.

One of the simplest stories in the Bible that helps us to grasp how much God really wants to reach out and do for you, is found here…

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 which means ‘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.

Everyone tried to silence the voice of the blind beggar, apart from Jesus. Everyone presumed that the beggar would have had no chance of getting an audience with the son of God, and yet to everyone’s surprise, He wanted to know what the guy wanted from him.

Think about it: a beggar stopped Jesus in his tracks with a request for something. That something was not a small thing either… “I want both my eyes!”

Here’s the message that got back to the guy…cheer up…on your feet…He’s calling you.

Then came the crux of the whole conversation as Jesus asked him …‘what do you want ME to do for YOU?’

Not only did Jesus listen, He responded with an outright miracle for a guy that could nothing for Him in return.

The man received his sight, because he believed that Jesus would not only be able to do it, but that Jesus would be willing to do it.

Today, I encourage you against all the odds that may be going on in your life…CHEER UP! Jesus is calling you right now. The question is, do you have the boldness of the beggar to ask Him to meet your need, or are you still stuck believing that Jesus is only a taker and not a giver?

Finally, there was only one thing that the beggar could do after such an amazing life changing encounter… ‘immediately he received his sight and FOLLOWED Jesus…’

The same is true for you. Your miracle is not the end, but the beginning of a new life ahead of you.

Be a bold asker…be a bold follower.

Pastor Mark

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