Unfortunately this is not what is really happening, the disciples have still not got it.
There are a series of confusing conversations; the divorce discussion, the rich man and the camel story, the ludicrous questions about who will sit at Jesus’ right and left side, and the complete denial of the suffering and death of Jesus to come. In each case the player has something they can not give up. Whether this is the law, riches, pride or any of the other things that we use to justify ourselves, we value the thing more than accepting the love of Jesus and loving him back.
Interspersed with this comedy of errors are two examples of how to respond; we can respond to being loved like a child does, accepting and believing that we are completely loved and cared for or we can respond like Bartimaeus – all in, nothing held back and losing our most valuable possession just to get close to Jesus.
As Jesus approaches Jerusalem how do you think it would have felt seeing the lack of understanding by his closest friends and companions. A child does not need to understand to love and to trust, Bartimaeus trusted extravagantly.
Sometimes I feel that there is too much to be given away. Stuff like possessions, sin, regret, success, just too hard to hand over. But I need to know and I must always remind myself that I am loved unconditionally and that my response to that knowledge must be just as simple as the child and as enthusiastic as our friend Bartimaeus.