Mark 10: 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
I am amazed. Jesus was on the move. He was headed for Jerusalem for the last time of His mortal life, but He was willing to stop and attend to the needs of a single blind man.
Jesus had crystal clear expectations of what was going to take place in Jerusalem right down to the wicked expectorations:
Mark 10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Jesus’ followers were amazed at Jesus’ courage. “Yet when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Unlike Jesus, they were afraid to go to Jerusalem. But like I said, I am amazed that Jesus was willing to halt the journey.
He was driven to complete a gruesome and violent destiny. He had to press through Jericho on the way to save the human race from eternal separation from God. Yet, when blind Bartimaeus called to Him, Jesus stopped. He halted the journey to Jerusalem for a few minutes to attend to this blind man who was calling out for mercy. Bartimaeus received his request for a healing, and he began to follow Jesus.
What I learn here is that Jesus is not too preoccupied by the vast and urgent needs of a broken cosmos to attend to a single needy individual. He is not opposed to “stopping what He is doing” to hear our cry.
Oh, Lord, we stand amazed at Your care for us. We are determined not to allow our self-consciousness to inhibit our cry to You for mercy.