Mark 10:46-52 (NIV)
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
I absolutely love this story! It has always been a reminder to me that Jesus cares. Several years back, while on a mission’s trip to Chicago, Charles Moody, the pastor/missionary of the area held our usual morning devotional. Prior to that day, I am ashamed to say I had never heard OR read the story of blind Bartimaeus, but the story captivated me.
Blind Bart (What Moody called him), was this typical beggar that people passed every day for years, possibly his whole life. He did just as all the other beggars did. They would sit along the roads as others passed by and ask for money, help, and whatever they could get people to give. But as you might suspect, Blind Bart was blind, he most likely had greater difficulty getting people’s attention. However, that day was different, something would come along that Blind Bart wasn’t expecting. After years of sitting on the side of the road begging, and wandering who might help him that day, someone was coming who would help him in a way no one else could. Jesus of Nazareth was coming through the city on that typical day, and when news had reached Blind Bart’s ears, he knew he had to get his attention. At this point Jesus name had spread all over the region, and news about healing’s, miracles, and wonders preceded his every arrival.
At the very moment Jesus passed by, Blind Bart wasted little time, and he began to shout, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” Now, this first attempt to get Jesus attention had quite the opposite effect. The people traveling with Jesus told him to be quiet! These people were traveling WITH Jesus, and told a man SEEKING Jesus to be quiet. Make no mistake, on your faith journey you will find followers of Jesus, and those who are not, who will speak things contrary to your mission, what your believing for, and what you’re hoping to see–and they will tell you to be quiet. But like blind Bart, sometimes you gotta start shouting all the more!
It says in verse 48, “he only shouted louder…”, and I am assuming he was not intending to stop until he was heard! Finally, he got Jesus attention and he was summoned to come forward. Think about it, Jesus, coming through the city with this ginormous entourage, stopped the whole procession to hear the request of a poor beggar–one who people passed by every single day with little regard. Blind Bart said, “My Rabbi… I want to see!” And wouldn’t you believe it, Jesus healed him. But it’s what Jesus said that threw the whole thing off for me, Jesus says, “Go, for your faith has healed you.”
Incredible! By faith blind Bart called out to Jesus, by faith he persisted, and by faith he called Jesus Rabbi. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now, faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” Blind Bart heard the stories about what Jesus had done, and by faith he called out at the mention of Jesus arrival. Jesus credits Blind Bart’s healing to his faith.
This week, know that the Jesus cares. He’ll stop the whole show for those who are calling out in desperation, and by faith–he’ll stop it for you because you’re worth it. Your problems may have been overlooked by people every day, by people you go to church with, by friends, and by family. They may all be telling you the same thing, be quiet. But persist in prayer, remember Hebrews 11:1, and cry out for your miracle all the more. Your problems matter to Jesus, no matter the size. Couple your faith with action and shout all the louder for Jesus, even when opposition comes. Be encouraged today!
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