“And Jesus stood still…”—Mark 10:49
“Jesus stood still”: he was all there: ready, willing, able, too, to do for the poor man whatsoever he needed. He asked him, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” as if he stood at his beck and call, and could not take a step onward until he bad answered the prayer.
“Jesus stood still.” I have heard of Joshua who said, “Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon”; but I rank the blind beggar above Joshua, for he causes the Sun of righteousness to stand still. Yes, he who created both sun and moon stood still, and the Lord hearkened to the voice of a man. Jericho had produced in ages long gone by a prodigy of faith among her harlots, and now she shows us a wonder of grace among her beggars. How marvellous was the power which dwelt in that poor man’s cry! Is such power to be found among men at this hour? Ah, there is the point. The Saviour is the same to-day as ever, and I believe, my brethren, that you and I have power at this time to make him stand still if we act as Bartimaeus did.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 27
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 6, 1881 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Sermon No. 1587, “Jesus at a Stand”