Sunday Devotional

Aug 29, 2017  |     |   General

     I get to lead short devotions with the men in our Men’s Emergency Center each Sunday, and wanted to share an example of what those devos are like. Hopefully you’ll receive some revelation and encouragement for this:

Jesus healed Bartimaeus because of his faith.
Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. –Mark 10:46-52

  1. Why mention that Jesus and His disciples both came and left Jericho in the same verse? Why not mention just one of the two? (old city vs. “modern” city of Jericho, Jesus attracted yet another large crowd in Jericho)
  2. What was Bartimaeus’ reaction to hearing that Jesus was near?
  3. What was the crowd’s reaction to Bartimaeus? Why do you think they had that reaction?
  4. What was Jesus’ reaction to Bartimaeus?
  5. How do you think the crowd felt when Jesus told them what to do, after they had just been rude to Bartimaeus?
  6. How would you feel if your authority had just told you to go back and be nice to the person to whom you were just rude?
  7. What stands out in Bartimaeus’ reaction to what the crowd told him? Why do you think that was the reaction?
  8. How would you feel if you found out that Jesus wanted to see you?
    • Jesus does want to spend time with you. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that he sent Jesus to die for the punishment of our sin, and that whoever believes in God’s gift through Jesus will have everlasting life with Him.
  9. Why did Jesus ask Bartimaeus His question in verse 51?
  10. Why did Bartimaeus call Jesus Rabboni / ”My Master?”
    • What would you call Jesus if He were to ever speak to you?
  11. After Bartimaeus tells him, Jesus gives him a huge encouragement but also works a miracle. What was it? (heals him simply because of his faith)
  12. What was Bartimaeus’ reaction?
    • What is your reaction to Jesus?
    • Are you waiting for a huge miracle to follow Jesus? What if that miracle never comes? Will you still follow Him? Bartimaeus already knew who Jesus was, and the first opportunity he had he went to follow Jesus. Will you follow Him?

     We share the Gospel freely, providing every opportunity for men, women, and children at Open Door Mission to accept Christ. But we never force the Gospel on anyone. It is all invitation!

Bob Blank
GTMC Support Worker