Summary: Jesus was clear that our walk should be marked by signs and wonders. What is following you? Is your life “signless”?
There are too many normal Christians here! We live our lives; go through our lives, and all we see is normal days and normal results. I have no problem with normal, average, blah days until that is all we have. Jesus declared that our normal lives would be interrupted by signs! Signs would follow along behind us inserting themselves into our normal walk and causing us to see the supernatural bust the natural wide open! We live in a signless society. If it can’t be explained we don’t want to experience it. But I came to lay claim to our heritage from Jesus who said this would be a part of our lives! So it is time to quit focusing so much on our gift in here that we can’t be used out there! It is time to become unfrozen from our touch and turn and touch someone else. We must once again believe and spread the news that God not only can, but wants to touch us and change us.
So today, we go another step on our ride along with Jesus on His signs trip! Today we join Him on the road to Jericho. It is one of His best known signs. This sign has been preached about for ages. Hopefully today you will get something new out of this. I know I have!
Text: Mark 10:46-52
46 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. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
a. We need noisy needs!
Notice the crowd tries to quiet him down. We would rather rebuke needs than deal with needs.
You need to know right now that someone (even church folks who are supposed to specialize in compassion, care, and needs) will try to silence your cry for help. You need to know something will try to silence you too! If we are not careful we will fall into the enemy’s trap and let something distract us from deliverance and healing.
We let shame quiet us down. We let fear. We let disbelief and what others will think stifle signs. We don’t want to stick out! I am telling you that we have allowed our pride to keep us from signs. We don’t want anyone to know we are in need of a touch. Our silence has caused us to stay sick. we talked about silencing the enemy, but I think more times than not, it isn’t the loudness of the enemy it is the quietness of the one in need that creates lack of signs! We suffer in silence.
Our marriage is in shambles we don’t want anyone to know. Our finances are out of control. We don’t want anyone to know. Our kids are driving us crazy and we suffer in silence. We need noisy needs this morning. How can you get help if no one knows you need it?
I will caution you and say that too many of us have been crying out to the wrong thing or people. Those people will ignore you or try to quiet you down. When you cry out to the one . . . Jesus . . . He will expose you, but for your own good.
You have heard the greasy wheel gets the grease. Perhaps we see no signs in our churches because we have all hidden our needs. No one will come to an altar and expose their need. No one will raise a hand and say I have a need.
We are suffering in silence and silence is killing us! We need noisy needs again that refuse to be silenced or shooshed until Jesus hears them. His noisy need stopped Jesus in His tracks. When is last time we stopped him? Where is the deep cry of anguish? Where is the deep cry of pain? We don’t stop Him because we don’t reveal the depth of our desperation! We play church. We play it safe and guard ourselves and in so doing we stay needy! Stand Him Still! I am asking you to gear up for next Sunday. Come prepared to cry out in anguish not just for your needs, but for the needs of others. I am asking you actually feel the pain, expose the pain, and express the pain. We must cry out for mercy!