Healing the Blind Bartimaesus: A Real Eye Opener (Morning)
It has been a rough week in our world this past week. It’s painfully obvious that we live in a broken, fallen, sinful world filled with evil and evil people with evil intentions. First, the senseless killings at the Boston Marathon, then the continued explosions and deaths in the following manhunt. More news of terrorism, suicide-bombings in other countries, and sabre rattling in North Korea. There is a thread, a link between them all. It’s the sin and evil in the hearts of every human being, inside my heart and yours. And with every breaking news story our hearts grow a bit more numb, a bit more calloused, a bit more removed and distant. Tragedy repeated blurs things and desensitizes. Compassion turns to anger which turns to hate which turns to apathy. After a while we don’t have the emotions to care anymore. How many times can we keep giving to disaster relief or humanitarian aid? What are we to do in a broken world full of sin and evil? How then shall we live? When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? In the sweet providence of God our text for this morning is a beautiful microcosm of how we should all live and respond in a world of suffering and sin. Remember where Jesus was going, to Jerusalem where His life would be violently taken in a terrible act of injustice and barbarism. Yet God is sovereign and in control and has a purpose and plan that cannot be thwarted and must work for His glory and our good. Let’s take a closer look at the story.