When we come to Jesus, we come full of faith that he will heal and provide and reward us for hoping in him. Crazy as it sounds, though, there are people who will rebuke you if you come to Jesus. We see how this plays out in the story of the blind beggar today…
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
There are people who will rebuke you if you come to Jesus. I know it sounds crazy, yet we saw it happen earlier in this chapter when parents bring their children to Jesus. His disciples rebuke the parents. Now they are trying to stop a bind beggar from reaching out to Jesus.
Today, if you talk about following Jesus, there are some/many who will label you and ridicule you and even try to convince you it’s not worth it. I remember people telling me when I was 18 that my faith wouldn’t last.
And so we see, some people have tried to protect Jesus from us, which the disciples were doing by trying to shield Jesus from the masses; and some people are trying to protect us from Jesus – that’s just empty hope – it’s a crutch…
I prefer to think that, as a disciple of Jesus, I am a beggar just like the beggar needing Jesus healing, and I want to show other beggars where the bread is. Jesus is the bread of life. We come to him when we are hungry and thirsty and we will be satisfied.
When we come to Jesus, moreover, we come full of faith that he will heal and provide and reward us for hoping in him. Don’t be afraid to call out to Jesus in your need. And don’t listen to the naysayers… even if they are also followers of Jesus. Jesus is listening and he cares about your needs.