“To err is human, to forgive divine.” Alexander Pope said that. Benjamin Franklin was known for stating, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Many are known for their great achievements, and some leave a leagacy of a mere quote. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde. One statement can release a flood of understanding, “Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?” – Cinderella.
American writer, publisher, artist Elbert Hubbard shared, “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” This breathes experience. One of my favorites, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ― George Eliot. “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” ― Steve Martin (How’d THAT get in here!) Good advise or words to live by? “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” – Mother Teresa.
Words to live to by. As Christians, we are not only followers of Christ, but people of the Word. Of all the documented sayings of Jesus, powerful – authoritive, compassionate and loving, 2 stand out to me. “It is finished.” ( Jn. 19:30) AMAZING! With understanding, the gospel in those 3 words. The other, “What do you want Me to do for you” (Mk. 10:51) said to the blind man, Bartimaeus.
Let me unpack this quickly. Jesus and the disciples are leaving Jericho, there is a crowd. Off to the side on the road, a blind man. He knows Jesus is there, he cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He is sternly told to be quiet, but he hollers all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Go Bartimaeus! Atta Boy!) Jesus witnessed this and calls him to come to Him.
Jesus KNEW. Jesus knew the blind man before the foundation of the earth, before he was formed in his mothers womb. He knew… he was blind. He knew his need. He knew his want. Jesus could have just waved His hand and continued on His way, and the blind man receive his sight. But He called to him. The dude jumped up (may we all jump up) and what seems a simple statement “What do you want Me to do for you?”
This question alone is spectacular. Yet let’s look at the mans response, which can easily be overlooked. There was NO hesitation, he said “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” I believe it was said with PASSION! Some translations use Lord, or teacher (Rabbi) but he used “Rabboni.” This is Aramaic, the highest form of Rabbi, meaning “my Great Master,” it is formal, yet on a personal level. It is used only 2x in the NT – here and in Jn. 20:16, Mary calls Jesus this after His resurrection. This blind man KNEW that Jesus required the greatest respect. His response could have been a simple request for a coin, or a drink of water, but no, he requests of his Great Master a … miracle. When Jesus heard this, He said “Go, your faith has made you well” IMMEDIATELY the man could see.
Jesus calls to US, calls to YOU. “What do you want Me to do for you?” Do you hesitate? Do you have an answer ready, filled with passion? I do, and I have told Him. I will continue to tell Him, (I will holler all the more too!) Since studying this, this past week, I found that our request could liken to that of a genie in a bottle, hoping that we wish for the right thing. That we don’t waste our answer on silly wants and find we are out of ‘chances’. We are never out of chances with Jesus. Remember, He knows. He knows our needs, knows our wants. Sure ask for the coin, ask for the drink, but don’t stop there, ask for the MIRACLE (daily) of the Great Master, YOUR Great Master.
Words to live by, “What do you want Me to do for you?” – Jesus. A statement releasing a flood of understanding.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)