Friday, April 23, 2010

The Response of the Crowd

Have you ever felt like making a stand for Jesus but were worried about what others might think? Have you ever been convicted of your sins and felt Jesus calling you to repent and follow Him but you were afraid that you would lose friends?

Mark 10:46-48 says:

As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Mk 10:46–48.]

I want to focus for a few moments on verse 48 which says "that many warned him to be quiet". In other words, they were saying "we don’t want to hear from you". You don’t know what you are doing. Who are you to be demanding the attention? People were rejecting Bartimaeus's cry to the Savior. I am sure this picture is like the thoughts that go through our own minds. The exciting thing we see from Bartimaeus is is the fact that when the crowd rebuked him, he cried out all the more. "Son of David" have mercy on me!"

That day, Jesus stopped and commanded Bartimaeus to be called. What is so awesome about this account is that the crowd's response changes. They no longer say, be quiet, but rather, be of good cheer, Jesus is calling you. Get up and come to Jesus. Isn't it amazing?

When we stand against the crowd for Christ, Christ will get the last word. Not only that, once you cry out to Jesus, nothing or no-one can stop Him from responding. We know that Jesus will respond but the question becomes "are you willing to take a stand for Him no matter the circumstances?" Think about the following:

Matthew 10:32-33 says: Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. [Ibid., Matt 10:32-33]

What do you believe to be the greatest decision?

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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