⁴⁶And as He (Jesus) was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. ⁴⁷When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, HAVE MERCY ON ME!” ⁴⁸Many were sternly telling him to BE QUIET, but he kept crying out all the more, “SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!”
Have you experienced that too? Once you start calling out to Jesus, there always will be people who will push you down. Keep quiet!
Often people have no eyes for an other. Jesus was walking there, and He was talking, and with this man screaming so loud, they couldn’t hear what Jesus was saying anymore.
Often people will listen to the crowd, and not to their heart.
Bartimaeus’ heart told him that JESUS WAS ABLE to help him. So he cried out even louder.
In crying out he did not call Him, Jesus of Nazareth, but Son of David. By which he gave a testimony that Jesus was to him the messiah, the King who would once sit on the throne of David.
⁴⁹And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here. “So they called the blind man, saying to him, “TAKE COURAGE, stand up! He is calling for you.”
Jesus stopped. What do you think if the king of some country, or a president would walk on a road and a poor, blind beggar would start screaming for him?
Well I know of a few countries where the president or king would give attention, but in most cases the security agents would quickly move that “disturber of peace”, that “hooligan” aside; maybe even arrest him.
Well here we have not just an ordinary king, but the Lord of lords, and the King of kings. And He stopped.
Have you ever realized that when you call on Jesus, that you get His attention and that He stops for you? The Lord of lords and the King of kings will stop specially for you when you call on him.
When the people saw that Jesus reacted on his calling they told him to take courage, and that is my message for you today as well.
Take courage, you are not alone in your situation,
Take courage, Jesus is with you, always!
Take courage, you are not in an endless situation,
Take courage, Jesus cares for you!
Then we see Bartimaeus going to Jesus
⁵⁰Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
He threw aside his cloak, that is similar to a blind man today throwing aside his cane. He believed that he did not need that anymore, after he had been with Jesus. It was an action of faith.
He jumped up, to go to Him. Not carefully feeling and getting up. No he jumped up it says. Well that is something for a blind man.
⁵¹And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” ⁵²And Jesus said to him, “Go; YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL.” IMMEDIATELY he regained his sight and began FOLLOWING Him on the road.
And as last, we see him tell Jesus his need. On which he received his healing.
When did you tell Jesus about your needs for the last time?
When did you ask Jesus about your plans for the last time?
You know …
Some people have more contact with Internet than with their Savior.
Some people spend more time on Internet than with their Bible.
I hope you are not one of them.