Many people criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!"
— Mark 10:48
While we are not told to be quiet as Jesus physically passes by us, peer pressure and social agendas antagonistic to faith work to keep us away from Jesus. Sometimes, people claiming to be Christians who act dishonorably push us away from finding Jesus. Let's learn from the blind man to not give up in our quest to find and know Jesus so that we can receive his blessings and his grace. Jesus is near. Let's not let anyone silence our voices or push us away from boldly seeking the Lord.
O Father in heaven, help me never give up in my pursuit of your Son and my Lord. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Today's Verses in Context
Then they came to the town of Jericho. Jesus was leaving that town with his followers and many other people. A blind man named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting by the road. This man was always begging for money. The blind man heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by. The blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, please help me!" Many people criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!" Jesus stopped and said, "Tell the man to come here." So they called the blind man. They said, "Be happy! Stand up! Jesus is calling you." The blind man stood quickly. He left his coat there and went to Jesus. Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man answered, "Teacher, I want to see again." Jesus said, "Go. You are healed because you believed." Then the man was able to see again. He followed Jesus on the road.
Related Scripture Readings
But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Don't let anything change you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord. You know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Christ will do this if you continue to believe in the Good News you heard. You must continue strong and sure in your faith. You must not be moved away from the hope that Good News gave you. That same Good News has been told to all people in the world. I, Paul, help in telling that Good News.
But many people believed in Jesus. Even many of the Jewish leaders believed in Jesus. But they were afraid of the Pharisees. So they did not say openly that they believed. They were afraid that they would be put out of the synagogue. These men loved praise from people more than praise from God.