Matthew 9:13 (NIV)
13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Mark 10:48-52 (NIV)
48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” 50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” 52And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
The verses in Mark started with a plea: Mark 10:46 …And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Have mercy on me. Ever hear that from someone and you’ve hardened your heart? Yep, me too. However, Christ call us to Him, and He calls us to have mercy on those who are pleading with us. He is looking for the sinner. He is looking for the broken. He is looking for us, whether we are in the crowd or the blind man.
Bartimaeus believed. Many were too important to help and told him to stay down and shut up because we’re like that in our native state.
Bartimaeus didn’t. Christ didn’t. It’s like that.
Listen and be healed. Cry for help and He will answer. Listen and do. Listen and follow Christ.