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A Private Moment With Jesus

A Private Moment With Jesus

a private moment with jesusWhat if you could sit with Jesus for a private chat? What would you ask him? What do you think Jesus would say? Would you feel awkward? Excited? Afraid?

For many this idea is wonderful! An amazing opportunity! But for so many others this idea isn’t at all exciting. It’s not that they don’t love Jesus & want to know him more – it’s just that many of them – many of US – live our lives with a sense of guilt & unworthiness that lurks deep within us & shapes our thoughts & actions. We can believe we don’t deserve such a privilege.

Many Christians believe they are constantly letting Jesus down – failing in their efforts to be good disciples.

It’s easy to believe the negative self-talk we can tell ourselves and feel we are not good enough to be one of God’s chosen ones. When we feel this way it’s hard to imagine Jesus would want to spend any time with us at all.

Bartimaeus the blind beggar didn’t allow anything to get in the way of his encounter with Jesus. He believed – or at least those around him believed – his blindness and pitiful condition was the result of sin – his own fault. They thought he had no right to approach the Lord.

But Jesus recognised Bartimaeus’ faith and responded by healing him.

Jesus heals all who come to him in faith – no matter how great or small our faith might be. No matter how well we know our Bible or understand theology.

Jesus looks into our hearts and sees who we truly are, and responds in love to all who humbly approach him.

How desperate are we to come to Jesus? How ready are we to set aside the stuff of life to answer Jesus’ call? How committed are we to Jesus once he has touched us and healed us? What blinds us to God’s ways?



Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 28th October 2012  7.30am Lismore, 9.30am Dunoon

A Private Moment With Jesus?      Mark 10:46-52

Mark 9:30-37 Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 49Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher,* let me see again.’ 52Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.


Hebrews 7:21-28

21but this one became a priest with an oath, because of the one who said to him,
‘The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest for ever” ’—
22accordingly Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant.

23 Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.