Re. the Words of Christ in Mark 10:51: “What do you want me to do for you?”

“What do you want me to do for you?”  These are the words of Jesus as recorded in Mark 10:51 NLT.  He spoke them just before healing the blind man from Bartimaeus.  The fact that he healed the blind man is amazing enough.  But I’m also touched by his compassion and the freedom he gives the blind man to choose his own path.  I assume that, of course, the blind man wants to be healed.  What blind person wouldn’t want to see?  But Jesus doesn’t make this assumption.  Instead, he asks how he may serve the blind man: “What do you want me to do for you?” (v. 51).  This question may seem puzzling, until you remember that the context for this story is about servanthood.  As Jesus says in v. 45: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  So Jesus serves the blind man.  And as a servant, he asks the man how he may serve him.  As always, Jesus leads the way.  In Mark 10, he reminds us that we are here to serve others and he shows us how to do it.  The amazing thing is that he also came to serve us!  So he asks you: “What do you want me to do for you?” Now you are invited to express your needs to Jesus and trust that he will serve you in a way that no other person can.  Thanks be to God!


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