Mark 10.46-52 “Spring In Your Step” JUMC 20121028

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. [NRSV]

On one hand this is an awesome miracle story of restoration.

On the other hand it is the ordinary story of someone trying to connect with Jesus in everyday life.

Here the practical side of this passage: How to get up when we are blind, stuck and blocked…

A. I want mercy.

“Give me a break” “Back-off” “I need some space” Like the elementary school games of squeezing hands until someone yields. (Actually this is a gross muse use of the word.”

“I need to be heard even though I am one voice” “I want to be included even though I have nothing to offer.” “i’m on the side-line or stuck on the back-burner.” Lord Jesus come to me.

MERCY: is loving-kindness. Kindness grounded in love not fairness or payment (No killing with Kindness model)

B. Stern Dis-Couragers.

Demotivators: Failure: When you tried your best and it wasn’t good enough,

Think of all that works against us.

Those who were nearest to the Son of Tomas, worked hard to keep him quiet, in his place, and away from embarsing them.

There are those who have a reputation for being needy, disappointing, frustrating, ignorant and even stubborn..

C: The antithesis of MERCY: Judgement

Some sternly complained, rebuked, rejected, and silenced the voice of the voice-less.

Those in our own community, family and church can be some of the hardest obstacles to finding Jesus.

What happens when the faithful become the ANTI- disciples, the discourager, the silencers

Bartemas, bartemas… the son of Tomas’ son.. REPUTATION of multiple generations… either in success or failure, Bar-Bartomas is KNOWN by all as a bother, an interruption, or a dis-appointment.

D. Jesus asked. “Naming what we want.”

NOW WAIT: Why does Bartamas get up this time and not some other day?
If the spiritual journey we travel is to connect with Jesus
And we too want to respond to that invitation of Jesus to, COME, and meet him in daily life, crisis or searching
How do you get up in your blindness and know where to run to Jesus:
This is where the story is both MIRACULOUS and ORDINARY.

Bricks in a coat pocket object lesson!

<How do you leap when your pockets are filled with failure, fear, shame, hurt, guilt, pride, etc?

Seek Mercy and be freed-up to get up with

Spring up and come to Jesus

Q:What about Jesus changes lives
Q: What gives. Spring in your step

Mercy is that power

Bart asks and
Jesus offers
When we hear mercy we have the power to move, change, grow and go.
When we hear that Jesus wants us, we have a reason to and a direction to move
When we reach out to someone as a disciples/witness of Jesus, we give them a reason to move.
One motive is to scare people out of hell, yell at people until they are warn-out or afraid… THAT IS NOT MERCY.
As we live the life of a disciples today: Our message is to empower others by OPENING the door to MERCY.
SO WHAT: Show no grace and mercy to others and show me where you connect with Jesus
Don’t be so busy, confident or sure… Show Loving-Kindness instead, today!
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