It is never too late
Mark 10: 46-47 “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout,
You are never too late, v 46
Jesus was passing through Jericho but it wasn’t too late for Zacchaeus (Luke 19)
Jesus took the disciples to a solitary place by boat “But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.” Mark 6:33
And here in this story we see Jesus was leaving Jericho but Bartimaeus thought “It’s not too late for me”
Blindness was a serious disease at the time of Jesus. Society looked at it like it was one step up from death! There was no example in the Old Testament of a cure.
But every Jew knew that the promised messianic age would bring healing to the blind, for example,
Isaiah 35:5 “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped”.
The only hope and dream for Bartimaeus was that the Messiah would come in his lifetime. There were many days spent in discouragement holding on to a dream.
It’s never too late to become determined again. It’s never too late to shout out to God.
You may have experienced failure, you may have been overwhelmed with discouragement and you may have quit from everything in your life, but TODAY you can receive His touch on your life and rise in a new level of determination. When you think it’s all over God comes in and says we haven’t begun yet, I am about to light the fire of passion in your life.
God came to Jonah and brought understanding to his situation.
He came to Moses and challenged him with the question: ‘Is the LORD’S arm too short?’ meaning ‘Watch this space’
He came to Elijah and called him out of the cave and into the place of the still small voice of God and brought balance to his life.
It’s never too late.
I remember singing in my youth a song that still moves my heart today:
Is there a heart that is waiting,
Longing for pardon today?
Hear the glad message proclaiming,
Jesus is passing this way.
Jesus is passing this way,
This way, today;
Jesus is passing this way,
Is passing this way today.
Is there a heart that has wandered?
Come with thy burden today;
Mercy is tenderly pleading,
Jesus is passing this way. [Refrain]
Is there a heart that is broken?
Weary and sighing for rest?
Come to the arms of the Saviour,
Pillow thy head on His breast. [Refrain]
Come to thy only Redeemer,
Come to His infinite love;
Come to the gate that is leading
Homeward to mansions above. [Refrain]
The amazing thing is that it was written by a blind woman, Fanny Crosby.
“I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when he showered so many other gifts upon you,” remarked one well-meaning preacher. Fanny Crosby responded at once, as she had heard such comments before. “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?” said the poet, who had been able to see only for her first six weeks of life. “Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Saviour.”
One day you will meet Christ face to face and I think we all will say:
“Jesus thank you for enduring so much. Thank you for being so determined to go to the place of passion, the place of suffering, the cross. Because you remained in that place, you purchased my freedom, my sins were forgiven, my life transformed, you changed my world and guaranteed my eternity.”
For now, Jesus is passing this way, today and it is never too late to shout out. Whatever your situation, no matter what has happened or has gone wrong, no matter how old or experienced you are, call on him, it is never too late, call upon Him now whilst you can, He is your continual Saviour!