Following Jesus

Following Jesus

Mark 10: 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

 How would you reply to that question? The mother of James and John two of Jesus’ disciples said “we want prestige and status”

“I want to see”

The answer from Jesus was, “Go” I would have thought it would have been “See” and immediately he received his sight. But its “Go”.

This man was locked up contained and limited by his disability. He wasn’t able to go very far in life. He wasn’t able to work, he wasn’t a man women wanted to marry. He couldn’t sustain a family. He could walk and therefore travel but he wasn’t going anywhere.

Jesus didn’t just give him his sight but he opened a way for him. Jesus is the way the truth and the life.

Within you lies a calling from God that throughout your life gets contained by many circumstances. If God helped you overcome that what challenges your passion for Him and if He proclaimed the word ‘Go’ over your life, would you know the way? It’s in you, you must know it. “Given half the chance I would do this.” If the circumstances arose I would be running down that path at immense speed.

Where was Jesus going?

Mk10:17 “on his way” and v32 32 “on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way.”

The Jewish idea of a disciple, a follower of a rabbi, was that to be a true disciple you had to be so close that the dust of the rabbis feet would cover you.

One of the phrases relating to discipleship was, “How covered with the dust of the rabbi are you?” This was because a disciple would be so close to his rabbi, that wherever he walked, the dust of the rabbi would kick back onto the disciple.

We might think, “Surely this may have been true long ago, but this couldn’t work in today’s world.”  However, living author and disciplemaker Ray Vander Laan studied at Hebrew University and witnessed many such rabbis.. And related to who closely they follow their rabbis, Ray commented that he once saw a rabbi go into the bathroom and all of his disciples followed him in there. There rational was that the rabbi might pray after using the restroom, and they would miss it.

We need to shorten the space between ourselves and Jesus. The dust from Jesus’ feet is not upon us and it needs to be.

Where’s Jesus going? Jerusalem? The cross.

He is leading you to the cross. The cross of submission and surrender. It’s the place for the creation of passion for Him. Where Jesus is absolutely everything. Keep close to Him today.

 

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