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Go Thy Way

Scriptures Expounded - Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015
by Temi Peter
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Go Thy Way

And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Mark 10:52
Our Lord Jesus Christ healed the blind Bartimaeus unconditionally. The sentence “Go thy way” says a lot and that was why the Bible recorded it. In the previous verse (Mark 10:51), the Lord had asked blind Bartimaeus what He wanted and he responded saying he wanted to receive his sight. All blind Bartimaeus needed to get his healing was ask for it. He had been screaming in Mark 10:47 for the Lord to have mercy on him and finally when he got God’s attention, the Lord asked him what wanted and gave him. When the Lord wants to do something for an individual, he will clear all obstacles or hindrances to Him doing it. By telling the blind Bartimaeus to go his way, the Lord was giving him the liberty to choose the way to go. Following Him (Jesus) was no precondition for healing him. In fact, if the Lord had made such a demand of blind Bartimaeus beforehand, I doubt if he would have turned it down.
From time immemorial, bible has set before us the choice of life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19) and advised us to choose life. However, scripture is explicitly clear that no man can come to Jesus unless the Lord draws Him (John 6:37, John 6:44) and we who are saved are saved by grace. The Lord opens the heart (Acts 16:14). Being saved is a gift of God that we should never boast about (Ephesians 2:8-9). Of course, we can’t follow Jesus in the way if we don’t first of all come unto Him. Thankfully, in John 6:45, the Lord Jesus reminds us that we shall all be taught of God and every one who has heard and learnt of the Father comes to Him. The LORD draws people to Jesus in diverse manners. It could be direct or indirect. Nevertheless, one of the ways through which God draws people to Himself is via challenges. When people have challenges, self-inflicted or otherwise, they tend to draw close to God via Jesus for solution. Those who never knew Him beforehand will hear of Him from brethren who do and those who have heard of Him will learn of Him and come to Him. The Lord solves the challenges of all those who come to Him unconditionally. He doesn’t force them to follow Him afterwards. Following Jesus means becoming his disciple. That is what it means to follow Jesus in the way. Many, having gotten their miracles, eventually ‘go their way’. They return to what they used to be/do. This doesn’t necessarily mean that what they were doing before was bad. If it was, the Lord won’t have told blind Bartimaeus to go his way. It’s just that following Jesus in the way is the height of the relationship one can have with Him. It requires a lot of commitment, sacrifice, sanctification, self-denial etc. The Lord Himself said in Luke 14:26 that whoever will follow Him and become His disciple will have to hate his family – nuclear and extended – and even hate his own life. It takes the grace and love of God (Mark 10:21) for people who have come to Jesus to follow Him in the way.
Following Jesus in the way by way of becoming a disciple is optional except for those the Lord has exclusively called to do so. Blind Bartimaeus had the option of going back to lead a normal life after he got his healing but rather chose to become a disciple of Jesus. The Lord specifically told him to go his way. But he esteemed following Jesus in the way as greater and better than leading a regular normal life because he had respect unto the recompense of the reward and also as a means of appreciating the Lord for the miracle He had just wrought in his life. And the Lord did not turn him back!




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