32 Jesus and his disciples were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, with Jesus in the lead. The disciples were amazed while the others following behind were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he told them what was about to happen to him. 33 “Look!” he said. “We’re going up to Jerusalem. The Human One will be handed over to the chief priests and the legal experts. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles. 34 They will ridicule him, spit on him, torture him, and kill him. After three days, he will rise up.” 46 Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. 47 When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!” 48 Many scolded him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, show me mercy!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him forward.” They called the blind man, “Be encouraged! Get up! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his coat to the side, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51 Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Teacher, I want to see.” 52 Jesus said, “Go, your faith has healed you.” At once he was able to see, and he began to follow Jesus on the way. (Mark 10:32-34, 46-52, CEB)
This is an interesting story. You see Jesus and the disciples are on the way to Jerusalem, where Jesus will be ridiculed, spit on, tortured, and killed. And as they are going Jesus reminds the 12 of where they are going and what will happen to him and then a blind man is trying to get Jesus’ attention because the man has heard of Jesus and knows that Jesus can make him see again. And so finally after many try to keep the man quiet, Jesus says let him come and asks him what he wants. “I want to see,” the man says. And so Jesus gives him sight and the man began to follow Jesus on the way. The way to Jerusalem, the way to death.
Did this man know what he was joining on with? Was he just completely over whelmed with what just happen that he just thought I have to follow Jesus now?
Why do we follow Jesus? And do we know where it is going?
What is the way we are going? Where does our path take us?
You know, my path has taken me many places I never would have dreamed of going and I have met a lot of wonderful friends along the way, and I have no clue where my path will lead me next, but I wouldn’t give up this journey for wnything.
Follow Jesus. Love People, Love God.