by Buzz Dahlen
I know that it is no news to anyone, but this Sunday is Palm Sunday. And of course, next Sunday is Easter… So let me invite you right up front, come join us for our annual Easter Service. We meet at 9:00am and we always serve a delicious breakfast following the service. We are a community of believers, so we should celebrate the resurrection of our Savior together. Everyone is welcome!
OK, having said that, lets get back to what I would like to share with you today… Most people know about the triumphant entrance that Jesus made on Palm Sunday. Do you know why it is called “Palm Sunday?” That is not my focus this week. I would like to share what Jesus was doing during the week before Palm Sunday. If you took the time to read the account, you would find Jesus doing the exact same thing that he had done during every week.
It is pretty amazing to think that Jesus, knowing that He would be crucified in just a week or so, would go about His normal routine. Of course, no one would think and anything Jesus did was normal or routine. But he knew that He did not have that much time left, so He had to continue on until the very last minute. And what was it that Jesus did week in and week out? He ministered to people.
One of the very last things He did before He entered Jerusalem was to heal a blind man. Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
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 10:46-52
Here is a man who had been blind man who had an audience with the King of kings. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” There was no doubt in the man’s mind and he answered, “I want to see!” That is where it really begins. We have to want to see before God will give us sight. Do you want to see or have you covered your eyes from the truth.
Too often, people call out to God in their times of trouble. Too often, people, when they get their audience with God, waste it with requests that will not really help them. Most people’s lives would change for the better, if they were not so blind. If Jesus was to ask you, “What do you want me to do for you?” I wonder, what would be your answer?
We have to come to that place where we realize that we must desire first and foremost, sight. I am not just talking about physical vision. We need to see things the way Jesus see things. Whether or not you have been born again, we need to visit this regularly. How’s your vision?
One other little side note; what would you do if you knew that this was your last week? Jesus knew before hand, that he was going to die; yet, He went about His day ministering to whoever would listen. I’ve always said that if you would change your life during your last week, you should change it now.