Lenten series: Amazing Grace is call to serve
“Amazing grace how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind but now I see.”
The opening lyrics of “Amazing Grace” sum up the message of the March 8 Lenten service held at Barnwell First Baptist Church. “The Work of Christ” was the theme for the message.
Reading Mark 10:46-52, Rev. Mark Watford of Seven Pines Baptist Church in Snelling told of how Jesus and his disciples, along with a large crowd, were leaving Jericho when they encountered a begging blind man, Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was not his name, but means son of Timaeus.
“When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,’” states verse 47.
Watford said this says a lot about the man because the title he called Jesus speaks of his faith.
Some in the crowd rebuked the blind man and urged him to be quiet; however, he didn’t waiver. Instead, he shouted even more.
“Does the blind man see more than those following Jesus? Did he understand completely who Jesus was and his mission?” asked Watford, referring to how Jesus came to “take away the sins of the world.” Watford said he believed the man knew of the miracles Jesus had performed and knew he was the Messiah.
Jesus called the man over and asked him what he wanted him to do for him.
“The blind man said, ‘Rabboni, I want to see,’” according to scripture. Rabboni means “my master,” said Watford.
Jesus then said, “Go, your faith has healed you.” The man “immediately” received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Watford said the blind man shows how God can use the most unlikely people to point others to Christ. He said God is possibly using some of those in the crowd of the March 8 service as well.
“How many people have we seen in need of help and didn’t stop?” asked Watford.
That’s why it’s important to follow Jesus’ example. “Jesus came to serve,” he said.
“We, too, are blind and should call upon him,” said Watford of people who have not accepted Jesus as their savior. “Jesus died on the cross taking upon our sins – your sin, my sin.”
“Are you blind? Look and live,” said Watford.
The next service is March 15 at Holy Apostles Church in Barnwell with Rev. George Burckhalter preaching on “The Triumphal Entry”.
Other services are: March 22 at Barnwell United Methodist, March 29 at Bethany Baptist, April 5 at Hagood Avenue Baptist, and April 12 at Second Baptist.
All services start at 12:30 p.m. following a free lunch at noon.