"And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:46-48
When Jesus stopped to restore Bartimaeus’ sight, He was on His way to the cross. He was on His way to die for the sins of the world—for your sins and mine. While Jesus was aware of the coming events, He demonstrated a key principle He had just told the disciples about service. Jesus paused in the midst of His journey. Jesus stopped and reached out to heal the blind. Our God is a God of compassion!
Jesus responds to people who cry out to Him. For Bartimaeus, he cried out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v.47). It’s interesting to note that the blind beggar Bartimaeus, called Jesus “Son of David,” and could see that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah while many of the religious leaders were blinded to Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. Even after some of the people rebuked him to be silent, “he cried out all the more.” He shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v.48). Jesus heard his cry! Now I’m not suggesting that we need to shout and scream in our prayers, but I do believe that we need to pray with unwavering determination and cry out to Jesus.
In reading through the rest of the passage, I wonder if Bartimaeus would have been healed if he had simply sat in silence when Jesus walked by him. Would Jesus have stopped and said, ”Tell him to come here” (v.49) and ask him “What do you want me to do for you?” (v.51). Possibly, I don’t know. But I do know that the Bible tells us there were a lot of blind people around during Jesus’ earthly ministry. There were deaf people. There were people who were mutes. There were people with leprosy. There were a lot of people with all kinds of physical problems. There were a lot of people with spiritual problems, apart from Christ. We see the same thing today, people with all kinds of problems. But do we pray with persistence and cry out to Jesus? Or do we grow impatient and pray inconsistently for them? I urge you to persevere and be faithful to pray. Please don’t give up hope or stop praying if the answer does not come immediately. In this story Jesus responded quickly and said to him in Mark 10:52, “Go your way. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly the blind man could see!
What is your need today? Do you need Jesus to heal and touch your body, like Bartimaeus did? Do you have an unsaved spouse or other family member that needs Jesus? Do you have a co-worker or neighbor who is battling discouragement or depression and needs Jesus? Do you have a child who needs to be healed? Do you have a marriage that needs help?
I encourage you. Pray…and Cry out to Jesus!!!
Posted on Mon, March 5, 2012
by Keith Knight