By: Lou Yeboah
“For when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ And they called the blind man [Bartimaeus], saying to him, ‘Take heart! Get up! He is calling you.’ And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to Him, ‘Rabbi, let me recover my sight!’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he recovered his sight and followed Him on the way.” [Luke 18:35-43].
My friend, Jesus is passing by today. You have the chance to receive a miracle. You can be delivered from your sins. Follow Bartimaeus’ example and cry out unto the Lord! For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. [Romans 10:13]. Don’t wait until too late! “Behold, NOW is the accepted time, behold, NOW is the day of salvation.” [2 Corinthians 6:2]. Bartimaeus realized that that moment was the only opportunity, alone, that he had. Jesus was passing by. And in his calling and in his need, the Lord healed him [Luke 18:35-43]. Cry out unto the Lord! Cry out NOW – because one woe is past. [Revelation 8:13]. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things. (Revelation 9:15-16; Revelation 16]. Don’t let the opportunity go to naught! Jesus is passing by.
And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar, which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So, the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, day, month, and year, were released to kill a third of humanity. Now the number of the army of the riders was two hundred million and those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. By these a third of humanity was killed. [Revelation 9:12-21]
Then came the opening of the bottomless pit. Out came demon locusts led by their destroyer king. These demons sought out the unsaved and stung them and tortured them for five months. So much so, that people will try to kill themselves because of the misery, but they cannot die. [Revelation 9:6].
Here is the ultimate reality that every one of us must face: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” [Hebrews 9:27]. Cry out unto the Lord NOW, don’t wait until it’s too late!
“Oh God, have mercy upon me, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightiest be justified when thou speak, and be clear when thou judge. Behold, I was shape in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me…Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow…Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee…” [Psalms 51: 7-12].
“I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses “and they are a stiff-necked people” [Exodus 32:9].
This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’ In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has grown callous, they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’ [Matthew 13:14-15].
Lord Have Mercy!