Mark 10:46-52 - Then they came to Jericho. And as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat along the way begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many ordered him to keep silent. But he cried out even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. So they called the blind man, saying, “Be of good comfort. Rise, He is calling you.” 50 Throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
51 Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabbi, that I might receive my sight.”
52 Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has made you well.”Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the way.
One day as Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho they were followed by a very large crowd. Sitting alongside the Jericho road in which they were departing from was a blind beggar named Bartimaeus who is described as the son of Timaeus.
For years this man had sat by the highway begging. He was helpless and in a hopeless condition. After hearing that it was Jesus passing by, it dawned on Bartimaeus that if he wanted to be healed, this was his opportunity.
Bartimaeus was tired of his life as a blind beggar and he knew that Jesus was the only one who could do anything about it, therefore, he overlooked the noise from the crowd and cried out to Jesus in faith with a voice that was louder than the ones that was being heard as the crowd pass by.
What Bartimaeus had known about Jesus prior to this encounter, we do not know, but what was done and said when he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by is proof that he had believed and had faith in Jesus.
Scripture declares that when blind Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus passing by He cried out with a loud voice with these words of desperation "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me."
The crowd told him to shut up, but it is the Bartimaeus in the world that Jesus came to die for. Jesus Himself declares after being accused by the scribes and pharisees of eating with sinners in Mark 2:16-17. Jesus response was “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
The crowd, having heard Bartimaeus cry out to Jesus tried to quiet him but Bartimaeus was determined that he was not gonna have it, therefore he cried out to Jesus the louder.
The enemy of your mind may be trying to quiet you and shut you up as you try to seek and connect with Jesus, but like blind Bartimaeus, you too MUST shut out the noise of the crowd in your mind and the world around you, and press your way to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Having heard the cry of faith, Jesus commanded that Bartimaeus be brought to Him. Jesus asked "what do you want me to do for you?" Bartimaeus requested his sight. Jesus did not touch his eyes or lay hands on him, He simply spoke these powerful, healing words of comfort to him, "go, your faith has made you well".
Hebrews 11:6-Without faith it is impossible to please God for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Calling Jesus the "Son of David" affirms Bartimaeus believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
Many people had gathered around Jesus that day, but Jesus only heard the "cry of mercy" from one who was least expected to have faith, a blind beggar.
What I find astonishing about this story of Bartimaeus is his response to the news of the Messiah passing by and how he took advantage of the opportunity to cry out to Him for the help he was in desperate need of.
Do you know that Jesus is passing by right now as you are reading this blog? Have you cried out to Jesus for the "mercy" that you stand desperately in need of?
Jesus is passing by but the question remains is "are you crying out to Him for mercy?"
Jesus is passing by at every opportunity and many are missing the opportunity to be healed and made whole all because of unbelief or fear of other people's opinion.
Oh, the current condition and eternal destination of the man or woman that have convinced themselves that they do not need Jesus or the ones that refuse to be believe and be healed by Christ because of selfish pride, doubt and unbelief.
Now is the time to believe on Christ. There will be no opportunity once you transition from earth to eternity for it will be all too late then for you.
I urge, beg and plea with you on today to take advantage of the opportunity today while you are yet alive to have an encounter with Jesus. As Bartimaeus did, you too cry out to Him with your plea for "MERCY".
Look at the signs in the world! JESUS IS PASSING BY!
Like Bartimaeus, we too either still are or once were blind spiritually. If you are still spiritually blind, Jesus is able to heal you and make you whole when you cry out to Him for mercy in faith.
Today is the day for the "NATIONS" to cry out to the Lord for Mercy.
Jesus is the only one that can give sight to the blind.
Are you blind and in desperate need of sight? Jesus can, is able and willing to do just that for you on today. Call on Him for He promises to hear and answer you.
The Good News to the blind on today is the fact that it does not matter what has happened in your past, Jesus is still passing by dusty roads and streets in hope of hearing the cry of "MERCY" from a desperate seeker.
The same Jesus who passed by blind Bartimaeus is still yet alive and healing today.
I hear the Lord passing by!
Do you hear the Lord as He is passing you by? What will you do with the opportunity?
Are your spiritual eyes opened?
Today could be your day of visitation!