Day 229 – Desperate
On: June 17, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 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!” Luke 18:35-43

How desperate am I? To be more specific: how desperate am I for Jesus?

Before answering, have a quick look at yesterday’s verses. Why was it necessary for Jesus to come to Earth and die an agonising and hideous death?

Certainly not for His own benefit. He did it for us – for you and for me – as we are helpless to escape from our own sinfulness and it’s consequences, both here on Earth and beyond the grave.

Do I believe this? Am I alert to the seriousness of it all? If not, clearly I will not be desperate for a Saviour, for I am unaware of my need.

If I can see how things stand, though, then I will realise the desperation of my situation, just as keenly as the beggar in the story saw, in spite of his blindness, that Jesus was his best, indeed his only hope.

Am I the one who would rebuke and hush up someone pouring out their heart? Or am I sufficiently in tune with my desperate plight that I cry out to Jesus?

Prayer:

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood; Sealed my pardon with His blood. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! Amen.

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