What Do You Want? – Mark 10:36

“What do you want Me to do for you?” He asked them.


It is the exact same question that He will ask the blind beggar, Bartimaus. Yet, those who should have known best what to ask for make a selfishly inappropriate request. The blind beggar who has nothing and no standing whatsoever with Jesus asks for exactly what Jesus is longing to give: sight. He seeks mercy and vision. Mercy brings Jesus power to Him and vision gives him what he needs to continue to follow Christ. He brings nothing but personal darkness and faith and walks away with the light of everything and grace.

These two who are in Jesus service and following Him daily so misunderstand His mission as to ask for something that is diametrically opposed to what Jesus is desperately trying to teach them. They are with Jesus, receiving His teaching, seeing His mercy in action and yet selfishly seek their own agenda. Bartimaus, who is not with Jesus but is only able to sit and wait for Him humbly pleads for mercy and vision and because of his faith in Christ receives both.

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