A Blind Man Healed
As Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem to die for the sins of the world, He encounters a blind man named Bartimaeus, who was desperately seeking Jesus. And because he was desperately seeking Jesus, His life changed forever. The story of Bartimaeus — found in three of the gospels (Matt. 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43) — is an example for us today.
Bartimaeus was persistent: When he learned that Jesus was walking by, he began to cry out. Many tried to silence him, but that didn’t stop him. He cried out even more. He knew who Jesus was. He knew what Jesus had the power to do. He knew Jesus’ lineage. He knew Jesus could cure blindness. Nothing was going to stand in his way. Is there something in this world that we allow to stand between us and God? Are we as persistent in our requests to God?
Bartimaeus was faithful: Jesus calls Bartimaeus, and Bartimaeus obeys. Jesus then asks him what he wants, and the blind man says, “My sight” (Mark 10:51). He is healed, and Jesus says it is Bartimaeus’ faith that made him well. How can you not admire and appreciate the faith of Bartimaeus? He called Jesus the Messiah. He asked for mercy. He persevered, despite opposition from the crowd. And he obeyed Jesus. Do we have that kind of faith?
Bartimaeus was grateful: After he receives his sight, Bartimaeus follows Jesus on the road. In Luke 18:43, Luke says Bartimaeus glorified God, as did all the people. Do we express gratitude for the many blessings God gives us? Do we show gratitude by following Jesus and glorifying Him?
Notice that Bartimaeus does not initially cry out for money, food, or even his sight. Twice, he says to Jesus: “Have mercy on me!” The blind man understood his need. So, imagine Jesus comes to you and gives you one request: “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). How would you respond?
— By Steven Matthews