When we arrived at the Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi and were hauling our bags to the waiting van in the parking lot near the terminal, a beggar stopped us with his hand out. One of the Kenyan pastors picking us up gave the man a few coins.
On Saturday morning after a week of meetings, we were walking to the Kakamega County Hospital to visit some of the wards to pray for the sick. Right before we walked through the gate, we were faced again with a beggar’s outstretched hands, and then in the hospital, after praying in one of the wards, another beggar confronted us as we went to see the new remodeled maternity ward.
Whether it’s beggars on the streets or near a hospital in Kenya or the homeless on the streets of Dallas or Fort Worth, most of us go through that agonizing process of trying to figure out whether or not the need is legitimate. One thing is clear. When a beggar is blind and he’s sitting by the side of the road, a crowd will do everything they can to shut him up. But, look at who hears the genuine cry of mercy.
“Now when they were coming into Jericho and then as Jesus was heading out from the city with his disciples, he was accompanied by a large crowd. Now Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timmaeus, was sitting there by the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he started crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!’
Many in the crowd rebuked him trying to silence him. But he cried out even louder, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart! Get up! He’s calling for you!’
Throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. Jesus responded to him and said, ‘What do you want me to do?’ The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me see!” Jesus said to him, ‘Go! Your faith has healed you!’ Immediately he recovered his sight and he followed Jesus on the way.” Mark 10:46-52
As we left the grounds of the hospital, two orderlies were carrying a metal box towards the mortuary, and then as we turned up the hill to head back to our hotel, two pickups filled with people with a coffin in the back were taking a loved one home for a quick burial. Beggars, the sick lying in rows of beds in a large ward, and the dead. Oh how we need to get this Good News out. There is a Savior who cannot only give sight to a blind beggar, but he is the only one who can raise the dead.
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