Summary: When we see Jesus we see a friend Who loves us, A Sacior powerful enough to help us, and a leader worthy of following.
Looking Into the Master’s Face
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
INTRO.: Jesus is nearing the end of His public ministry. He is headed for Jerusalem and certain death. In great detail, He predicts the things about to befall Him. Mark 10:33,34.
James and John come to ask for places of favor in His glory at His right and left hand. V. 37. We don’t give them enough credit. Their request came out of a sense of triumphing faith. Even after His predictions of death, they believed He would come into glory. Jesus replies He cannot grant that favor unless it is prepared for them (presumably, by the Father.)
The other ten become displeased with James and John for seeking personal glory. Jesus corrects them by saying James and John are not seeking glory. The positions they seek are positions of service. He states the importance of servanthood and closes with the words; "even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (45.)
As if to illustrate the truth he has just recorded, Mark begins the story of the blind man, Bartimaeus. Tell the story.
In his blindness, he was not alone. It has been estimated that half the people in Jesus day suffered eye damage because of glaring sun, dust, and poor sanitary conditions. He had missed seeing many things. But, the first thing he sees when his eyes are opened is the face of Jesus.
Looking into the Master’s face, he sees:
I. A friend to love:
A. Consider Bartimeaus’ pitiful condition:
1. A beggar: There was no other way for a blind person in Jesus’ day.
2. A nobody, known only as "The son of Timaeus."
3. Pitifully helpless, he seemed to have great faith in Jesus, because he cried out even when the crowd would have hushed him.
B. Consider the predicament in which Jesus found Himself:
1. He was about great things, teaching great truth.
2. He was a king on his way to claim his crown. Even the crowd considered this an intrusion.
3. The destiny of the world is about to be decided and He is faced with the dilemma of one pathetically inconsequential individual.
C. Illustration: In a stadium full of people, the TV camera sometimes zooms in on one nameless individual in the crowd. For one moment, he is, unknowingly, the star. This is how I think of Bartimaeus as Jesus (and Mark) focus in on him. In spit of everything, Jesus takes time to grant his wish.
1. God sees vast multitudes as individuals.
2. True greatness is seen in our reaction to the little things and little people.
3. Don’t overlook the little thankless tasks and pitiful people we encounter daily while waiting for some great opportunity to serve.
4. Jesus could not have passed by Bartimaeus without casting doubt on the truth He spoke in verse 45.
II. A Savior strong enough to help him::
A. Jesus demonstrated great power in this healing:
1. Of course, He could have granted any wish and intimated this with the question, "What do you want me to do for you?" V. 51
2. Bart asked for the one thing that seemed beyond human ability.
3. When he opened his eyes, he knew he was looking at the most powerful person who had ever lived.