Blind or Seeing

In Mark 10 we read about the rich young ruler who had everything going for him. In two separate chapters we are told he was young, he was rich and he was a ruler. But he wanted to know from Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus said he needed to sell all that he had. Sadly, he couldn’t do that and he walked away unsatisfied.

Later in Mark 10 there is the story of blind Bartimaeus. ‘Jesus Son of God, have mercy on me,’ he cried. ‘What do you want,’ Jesus asked. Obviously he wanted to see, but it soon proved that he wanted to see spiritually as well. While the ruler was running away from Jesus, Bartimaeus was running to him. The seeing man went away blind, while the blind man went away seeing.