Have you ever been BLIND? Have you had such an intense desire to see?
I love the story of blind Bartimaeus from Mark 10.
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
I love that he SHOUTED. He is not afraid to cry out to Jesus. How many times have I failed to CRY OUT….to shout with passion….with everything I have.
Listen to what happens next…
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
It seems like there is always someone there ready to quiet us…..telling us “don’t bother Jesus”….He is too busy…..He isn’t concerned with our problems….we are insignificant to such a powerful God.
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
Jesus STOPPED…..stopped what He was doing….stopped where He was going. This reminds me that Jesus always has time to LISTEN to the cries of my heart.
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
Don’t you love that? Jesus could have simply healed the man. Jesus wants to do more than physical healing. He gets down to the HEART issue: WHAT TO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU? Jesus asks each of us, “What do you want Me to do for YOU?”
Are you lonely?
Are you sick?
Are you empty?
Are you broken?
Jesus asks each one of us: “What do you want Me to do for YOU?
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
That is the cry of my heart- Jesus, I want to SEE. I may have 20/20 vision, but I want to see SPIRITUALLY. I want to “live by faith, not by sight.” Lord, give me eyes to see You.
Give me spiritual eyes. Like the words to “Amazing Grace,” I was blind, but now I see.” Look what happens next.
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Notice that the man’s FAITH healed him. Lord, may I have faith like that! And, what does he do next?
He FOLLOWS Jesus.
That is my favorite part of the passage! He is able to see…..and follows Jesus.
May I always follow You, Jesus. May I always follow You.
Father, thank You that You are ever ready to heal me….but I have to remember to have the faith to ask. May I always seek hard after you, no matter who or how many are telling me to “shut up.” May I be like the man and SHOUT LOUDER! Lord, may I have that kind of faith! Lord, thank You for Your compassion. Thank You that You open wide my eyes to see You. Thank You that, although I was blind, now I see. Thank You, Jesus. Praise You.