Cry out

“Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:29-34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Cry out

There are times when the Lord places opportunities right in front of us, but we are so consumed with other things, that we miss them. The world is designed to draw the focus of each person away from what is more needful, to instead follow after what is happening around us.

Periodically, the opportunity screams at us, desiring that we stop and stand still. I remember reading of a time when Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle was completing an Easter service, and was ministering to people as they left. He had just preached three times and was exhausted. Off in the distance, a disheveled, homeless man locked eyes with, waiting for an opportunity to come up to him. Pastor Cymbala braced for the worst.

“I see this guy three rows back sheepishly looking at me in the center aisle, and I said to myself, as God is my witness, “Oh, man, what a way to end an Easter Sunday. Someone is going to hit me up for money,” which happens a lot here. As he gets close to me, he smelled worse than any human being I had ever smelled in my life. The odor was so horrible — of the street, of filth, of sweat, of urine, that when I talked to him I had to look away to inhale. I would look back at him breathing out. He put his finger in my face, and he said, “Reverend, I don’t want your money. I want this Jesus that you were talking about. I’m going to die out there. I don’t have a hope in this world unless somebody changes me.” At that moment I became so convicted of my lack of love, of my lack of compassion.”

He embraced the man and Cymbala said that the odor of the man became as the aroma of sweetest perfume.

That man was crying out for Jesus. Only the Lord knows how many times we have been distracted by appearances, and missed the opportunity to lead a soul to Jesus. We are like the multitude around the Lord, so consumed with getting what we want, and seeking to push others away so we can have Him all to ourselves.

These blind men did not shut up, they persisted, because they needed Jesus. David Ruffin was that man who cried out, on that Easter Sunday in the Brooklyn Tabernacle, and persisted because he needed the Lord. On a rainy day, he sought shelter in the Brooklyn Tabernacle, not knowing that he had a divine appointment with the Lord Jesus Christ.

“I was looking at myself, dirty, filthy, smelly, drunk. I’m thinking, ‘Well, with all of what’s going on inside of here, should I really present myself that way?’ But I knew it was the Lord who communicated the thought to me that this was His house and that I’m supposed to come in there any way I want. So with that in mind, I went inside.

We are surrounded by people who are crying out, many of them do not have the words to express their need. They carry the message of their pain on their arms, as some have cut themselves, others may attempted to take their own lives, and others have colored themselves with vivid tattoos, so as to not vanish, having not bee seen to be human with a need. Still others are seeking to dull the pain with drugs, alcohol, sex, and food, and bear the internal scars, not easily seen.

Brothers and sisters, let us not be like the multitude around Jesus, pushing people way, but let us, instead be the ones bringing them to the throne. May we be as comforters, leading others to the great Comforter who has comforted us.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

If you are one who has not known the comfort of God, cry out to Him. He wants to know you, save, and transform you. If you are one who has known the comfort of God, go out and you too, cry out, telling the world of this Jesus, who came to earth, God in human form, and went to the cross for our sins.

I am one who cried out, desperate for the touch of this Jesus, who could save me from my sins and begin the healing I desperately needed. Because of Him, I live and I go and tell others.

In the coming times, those of us who cry out to share the Gospel will be told to shut up, and some of us will be forcibly silenced and killed. But we must persist, for we have an eternity ahead of us, that is nothing short of glorious.

Cry out my people, cry out!

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One thought on “Cry out

  1. You do a great job of loving the loss Bernie! I admire you and I am challenged by you friend. May the Lord bless and encourage you, and may we grow in the faith and knowledge of Christ Jesus. I love you brother, and hope you’ve had a great day.

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