Vs. 45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” And Jesus did exactly that…He came to serve. Many of us remember these events from the Gospel of Matthew that transpired in this chapter. The hardened hearts of those who wanted to justify divorce in their lives (vs. 1-12), the joy and beauty of little children (vs. 13-16), the desires for the riches of this world (vs. 17-31), The reaffirmation of Jesus’ obedience on the road to the cross (vs. 32-34), the selfish & ignorant request of James & John (vs. 35-44) and lastly, the healing of Bartimaeus (vs. 46-52).
Regarding application…Do You Need Mercy? Vs. 48, “Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” To understand this scene, what we want to realize is as Jesus was making his way through the cities…many crowds began to increase. Among all the loud cries for help and people seeking out interest in Jesus, we see Bartimaeus. Some scholar’s say, “Son of David” caught Jesus’ attention because not many addressed him with such a title. Notice how others in the crowd tried to silence Bartimaeus, but that would not discourage him. In our own lives, we have those who try to discourage us from crying out to God. But don’t let that stop you! A sinner needs mercy, a righteous person pats themselves on the back….Which one are you? Do you need mercy? If so, take the time to cry out to Jesus today! Mercy triumphs over judgement because of the blood!