Summary: A look at recovery from the vantage point of blind Bartimaeus.
The Road To Recovery 11-23-08
Series: Road Trip Mark 10:46-52
Intro. If you envisioned your life as one long road, then the chances are pretty good that there would be certain areas along that road that you’d classify as broken, fragmented, messy and maybe even washed out. Those are the areas you wish you could redo, relive or at least put them in the past. But for some reason or another that broken part of your life’s road never seems to get fixed, it’s always in disrepair. And you know what? It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do for a living or how “together” you life looks from the outside…we all live with “broken roads”. That means we all need some repair work done in our lives. When we talk about fixing our messy lives we often associate it with the term “recovery”. Now for most of us “recovery” is something that other people have to deal with. After all, recovery is for those people who have severe problems with drugs, drinking or sex. And it’s true that there are some great recovery programs designed for those specific problems. But this morning I want us to think about recovery from a different perspective. Perhaps you’re one of those who need to recover from a broken heart, a failed marriage, a financial disaster, a family heartache, an emotional meltdown, or a full-blown spiritual collapse. What I want you to hear is the fact that there’s HOPE for your broken life. Do you know why? Because Jesus specializes in recovery. The bible says (2 Cor. 5:17), when someone becomes a “Christian they become a new person, they are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone and a new life has begun.” Now that’s not only recovery…that’s transformation!
There’s a familiar story found in 3 of the gospel accounts. It’s the story of a man named Bartimaeus and how he traveled down the road to recovery. As we read through his story I want you to see if you can pick out the things he did that will give us a framework for experiencing recovery in our own lives today. Read Mark 10:46-52
Now before we get to the specifics of what Bartimaeus did, I want to set the context for the story we’ve just read. Jesus and his disciples were making their way through the city of Jericho on their way to Jerusalem. When they finally reach Jerusalem Jesus will enjoy His triumphal entry, where the crowds hail Him as their Messiah. But within a week’s time, that same crowd will turn on him and call for his crucifixion. Jesus knows what awaits him – the shame, humiliation, agony and ultimately his death. Yet with all of that weighing on him, Jesus takes the time to stop on that dirty, broken road and minister to a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. Now let me state the obvious – if Jesus has the time, the inclination and compassion to deal with somebody like Bartimaeus then rest assured he’s ready to do whatever it takes to bring healing and restoration to your life too. As I watch Bartimaeus encounter Jesus I see him doing 5 things that lead to his recovery. Write them down, they’re steps that will help you successfully navigate your own road to recovery.