This morning, we reflected on the story of Bartimaeus. If you’d like to read through the sermon again, click here: Seeing & Following.
While the story is simple on the surface (Jesus healing a blind man), there are many layers of meaning. Consider the following reflective questions:
- What do you think of Bartimaeus’ title, “son of honor” in contrast to his position, begging on the streets? What is Mark trying to teach us about God’s kingdom?
- Bartimaeus confesses Jesus as God’s Messiah (“Son of David”) and then cries for Jesus to have mercy on him. What areas of your life are you in need of God’s mercy? Don’t be afraid to cry out your prayers to God.
- Jesus calls Bartimaeus, just as he has called several other disciples. Bartimaeus immediately abandons his cloak, which was his greatest possession, so that he could come to Jesus. What is the thing in your life that you need to let go of so that you can put Jesus as your number one priority? Pray for God’s strength to do this.
- Jesus asks Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?” Where James and John asked for honor, Bartimaeus asks for sight. Where do you long to see Jesus more clearly in your everyday life?
- Jesus tells Bartimaeus to go, but he follows Jesus on the road. In this story, Bartimaeus exemplifies a model disciple, one who confesses Jesus as God’s messiah, who cries for God’s mercy, who responds immediately to Jesus’ call, who asks to see clearly (God’s kingdom), and who is willing to act accordingly (follow Jesus on the way). The greatest honor in God’s kingdom is to follow Jesus. How can you follow Bartimaeus’ example in your own life?
Bartimaeus’ openly received Jesus’ call. He didn’t postpone the journey by arguing theology (as Peter had done), but followed faithfully. As we follow Jesus on the way, we will learn to live and exemplify God’s right-side-up kingdom. May this be so in our lives, community, and world.
Please feel free to post your thoughts, questions, or responses.