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WHEN JESUS PASSES BY
Luke 18:35-43

“They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”’ Luke 18:37-38, NIV

When a certain French queen travelled through her country, her aides were given orders that no people in sadness or in trouble – blind, lame, or suffering— should be allowed anywhere along the way; to keep from the sight of the gentlewoman anything that might cause her pain. So, when a poor woman came to the road hoping to ask her for something to feed her and her daughter, else they die of hunger, she was whisked away even before she got to the queen.

But the blind man in today’s text would not allow people to hinder him from reaching Jesus. Though he couldn’t physically see, his mind was wide open and he was sensitive to seize the moment which he knew may never come again. He knew Jesus so well to trace Him to His lineage, but he did not lose sight of Jesus’ power to deliver him. Bartimaeus’ physical blindness could be a metaphor for spiritual blindness. And as the man did, only those who acknowledge their state and their need of a Saviour, and cry unto Him would be delivered from darkness to light. As it was for the blind man, we all have series of opportunities each day, but it takes those who are sensitive to identify when God’s door is open to seize the opportunity to their blessing.

• Birthday Blessing: “…He will cause to come down for you, the rain, the former rain, the latter rain…” Joel 2:23

RBT Passage: 1 Samuel. 4-7

“There is a place in God’s sun for the youth ‘farthest down’ who has the vision, determination, and the courage to reach it.” –Mary Bethure

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