The Norman Transcript

Breaking News


February 15, 2013

What do you want Jesus to do for you?

NORMAN — Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season and invites all who call themselves Christ-followers to prepare for Holy Week. How will you spend these next weeks preparing for Easter?

As Jesus traveled toward Jerusalem for His “triumphal entry” on Palm Sunday, He asked the same question in two different encounters (Mark 10). First, two of his disciples, James and John, approached Jesus. In typical fashion, they asked Jesus to blindly grant “whatever we ask of you.” In the second encounter, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, learned that Jesus was passing by and cried out “have mercy on me.”

Jesus responded in both instances with the same question, “What Do You Want Me to Do for You?” James and John asked for power and position, desiring to sit at Jesus’ right and left hand in the Kingdom. Bartimaeus asked for sight.

Jesus answered to James and John that theirs was a request that was not His to grant. To Bartimaeus, Jesus declared that his faith had made him well. Immediately, Bartimaeus regained his sight and began to follow Jesus.

So, what do you want Jesus to do for you? Wealth? Power? Love? Or, do you relate to Bartimaeus’ request: Sight. After all, don’t we all struggle with some degree of blindness? James and John were blinded by the possibility of power and position in the Kingdom. Their lust for these things made them unable to see that those who are great in the Kingdom of God serve and sacrifice on behalf of others. I wonder how my blind spots keep me from seeing and experiencing life, truth and Kingdom possibilities. I ask for blessings and Jesus invites me to be a blessing. I ask for forgiveness and Jesus tells me to forgive. I ask for neighbors (friends and community) and Jesus instructs me to be a good neighbor. It all seems so plain and clear, yet I am blind. Lord, help me to see. Jesus declared that faith allowed Bartimaeus to see. And, it is faith that allows us to see, to serve, to bless, to forgive and to be neighborly. Faith is the catalyst that opens our eyes and allows us to walk the road with Jesus and have the deep longings of our heart fulfilled.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Hnsen Luger Kate Hansen still riding the Olympic cloud

    Not many people can say they actually accomplished their lifetime dreams. Even less can say they did it before turning 22....

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conference set

    Following a diocesan-sponsored national conference on violence, “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace,” the Episcopal Church Women of St. John’s Norman will host an Oklahoma diocesan-wide women’s conference and Bishop’s day on April 25-26....

    April 18, 2014

  • Muslim group urges re-education

    LOS ANGELES — Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and re-educate radicals....

    April 18, 2014

  • This is ... Friday ...

    It’s Good Friday. Good Friday? What could possibly be “good” about Good Friday? Think about it … this is the day in which the Lord Jesus was beaten and crucified. He hung on a cross between two thieves. Abandoned, betrayed and denied, by ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Why do we always test God?

    ‘Do not put the Lord God to the test,’ Jesus said, but don’t we do this all the time? Human nature The Rev. Holly McKissick, Peace Christian Church UCC: It’s human nature: testing the limits of God’s peaceful creation....

    April 17, 2014

  • Girl told not to say prayer

    OVIEDO, Fla. — The 5-year-old who said she was told not to pray over her lunch visited the school Monday and identified the staffer in a line-up, her family’s lawyer said....

    April 11, 2014

  • CrossPointe chooses Butler as lead pastor

    One of Norman’s largest churches has chosen a new lead pastor for its congregation. Mike Butler, 38, was voted lead pastor by the congregation of CrossPointe Church on March 23. Butler succeeds Glenn Quirk, who served as lead pastor for ...

    April 11, 2014

  • A divine drama

    All of us love drama. We experience drama in many ways. We watch a play on a stage or a show on TV. We have lives filled with drama every day through interactions with other people....

    April 11, 2014

  • What should we think of original sin?

    The Rev. Joe Nassal, Precious Blood Center: Watching the evening news recently, there was one disaster story after another, from the Malaysian airline that disappeared to the mudslide where one minute people are going about their daily ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Lenten lunch set

    The next Norman Ministerial Fellowship Lenten lunch will be Wednesday at NorthHaven Church, 4600 36th Ave. NW. Guest pastor will be the Rev. Joseph Summerville, University Lutheran Church. The sermon theme will be “The Thursday of Holy ...

    April 4, 2014