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Take Courage! He Is Calling for You

Take Courage! He Is Calling for You

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Feb 12, 2013
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“Take Courage! He Is Calling for You”(Mark 10:46-52)I. Introduction.A. Orientation:1. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem (v. 32)a. For the last time in His earthly ministry.b. It’s here that He will give up His lifec. That He might give life to you and me.2. Jesus had just told His disciplesa. That He would be betrayed and handed over to the leaders of Israel:(i) They would condemn Him,(ii) And deliver Him to the Gentiles (v. 33),(iii) And they(a) Would mock Him,(b) Spit on Him,(c) Beat Him and kill Him.(iv) But after three days, He would rise again (v. 34).b. He also told them(i) That if they wanted places of honor in His kingdom(ii) They must be willing to serve(iii) And to suffer for Him as well.(iv) If you want the Lord to honor you(a) You must become the slave of all.(b) The one who serves and suffers the most(c) Will be honored the most.(1) If you believe this(2) And really want this honor –(3) Which the Lord would be overjoyed to give you (4) You must go out of your way to serve(5) And be willing to suffer for that service.B. Preview.1. We now see Jesus travelinga. Through Jericho(i) Jericho is near Jerusalem,(ii) About 15 miles away.b. As He leaves, a large crowd is following Him.(i) Of course, many noticed this –(ii) Even the blind –
 
2(iii) One man in particular – Bartimaeus –(a) Bartimaeus was sitting by the road,(b) He heard the crowd(c) And knew it was because of Jesus.(iv) He knew enough about Him to know who He was:(a) The Son of David.(b) The Messiah.(c) The Savior.(v) He knew what He could do for him: He was able to heal him.(vi) He knew of His willingness – that He was full of mercy.(vii) And so he cried out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”(viii) He did so even though those around him tried to stop him.(a) The more they tried,(b) The more he cried out.c. And his efforts paid off: Jesus heard him;(i) He stopped and called for him.(ii) When He did, Bartimaeus threw his cloak aside,(iii) And immediately jumped up and came to Him.d. Jesus asked what he wanted:(i) He said he wanted to see again.(ii) And so Jesus opened his eyes.(a) When He said, “Go; your faith has made you well,”(b) His sight returned to him,(c) And he followed Jesus.3. Now this was onea. Of the many miracles Jesus didb. To prove He was the Messiah.c. But it was more than that:(i) Bartimaeus came to Jesus physically and spiritually blind(ii) But he left seeing in both realms.(iii) He had sought the Lord for a blessing,(iv) But it was because the Lord(v) Had already sought to give it to him.4. This morning, let’s consider two things:a. First, if you would be saved, the Lord must call you inwardly.b. And second, If you would be saved, He must also call you outwardly throughthe Gospel, and you must respond by trusting Jesus.II. Sermon.A. If you would be saved, the Lord must first call you inwardly.
 
3He must initiate,He must seek you.1. This is something many who profess faith in Christa. Are entirely in the dark about.(i) They believe either that the Lord seeks everyone,(ii) Or that He seeks no one – man must seek Him.(iii) Either of these takes glory away from God.b. No one seeks God apart from His grace.(i) Paul says, “There is none who seeks for God” (Rom. 3:11).(ii) They don’t(a) Because they hate God,(b) Especially for His holiness.(c) That’s what Jesus had in mind when He said,(d) “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to theLight for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20).(e) Jesus is holiness itself (f) His own people hated and crucified Him.(g) Darkness hates the light.(iii) Don’t forget,(a) This was your condition when you came into the world.(b) You hated the light.(c) You didn’t want God.(d) You weren’t seeking Him either.(1) Maybe you thought about believing in Jesus(2) Because you didn’t want to go to hell.(3) But it wasn’t because you really wanted Him.c. You didn’t seek the Lord, the Lord sought you.(i) That’s what Jesus meant when He said,(a) “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which waslost” (Luke 19:10).(b) The reason Jesus was sent to Israel(c) Was to gather His sheep from among them.(d) “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24).(e) Bartimaeus was one of them.(ii) But He doesn’t seek everyone.(a) He only seeks His elect.(b) Paul writes, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,that we would be holy and blameless before Him” (Eph. 1:4).(c) Jesus says, “You did not choose Me but I chose you” (John 15:16).(iii) If the Lord has chosen you, then He will seek you.(a) He will seek you by drawing you to Himself.

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