Unlimited: Cheer Up
Feb 17, 2021 550
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So, they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road (Mark 10:49–52, NIV).
In the previous passage, we met blind Bartimaeus, who was sitting begging, on the side of the road that led out of Jericho.
When he realised that Jesus was passing along the road, he shouts out incessantly “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
What would Jesus do?
I like what they said to the blind Bartimaeus: “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” The reason is what this means for us: There can be no better reason to cheer up in all the world than to know that Jesus is calling you! It’s knowing that that lets you get on your feet no matter what you may be going through.
Notice how the man threw his cloak aside. This was all he owned in the world. It was his cloak that he sat on when he begged, and it was his cloak that kept him warm at night.
But Jesus called him. A little while before a rich man had refused to give away everything he owned to follow Jesus. But when Jesus called, Bartimaeus knew that he had found all that he needed in him.
This healing was a challenge to the wrong ideas of the Jewish people.
How is it that the undeserving receive the blessing, and not those who are seemingly successful by being healthy, or learned, or rich?
How is it this man, who only owned one cloak, threw it away to follow Jesus, when the rich young ruler, who had so much, was unwilling to surrender all?
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: But the most important question is: what is your response when Jesus calls?