Thursday, 22 October 2009 9:40 am
Jesus is always more than you've yet realised he is. And following him is always more than you realised it was.
Whoever you are, however much or little you know about Christianity or the church, or remember from Sunday School; however active you are in the life of the church, however hard you've worked in the church, however well you sing or read or pray, however well-read you are, however quiet or outgoing you are, however talented you are .. There's so much you still don't know about the perfections of Jesus' character, his kingdom purposes, his supremacy, how much he has achieved in his death and resurrection - for you and for the world, and therefore about what an abundance of mercy he stands ready to pour out into your open and empty hands and heart.
To one degree or another, you are blind and you need to see more clearly who this Jesus is, and you need him to be oh so much more your chosen king, and your merciful shepherd.
So when you come to him, and whenever you read or hear again his saving words,won't you cry out to him for mercy to wipe away your sin? (That's what Bartimaeus did: "Son of David, have mercy on me.") And won't you beg him to open your eyes that you may see in ways you haven't before, just how glorious he is, just how perfect he is, just how thoroughly he can wash away your sin, and just how deeply, deeply satisfying he is and wants to be for you.