35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on
me!” 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all
the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be
brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do
for you?”“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your
faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising
God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
In this message we are going to examine an encounter with a blind man who felt a lot
better after He met Jesus. An encounter, which…not only, changed the mans illness, but
also changed his life forever.
As you can see, no name was mentioned about this blind man. But if you do a cross
reference on this same story, and look at the book of Mark, you will see that the blind
mans name is Bartimaeus. ( Mark 10:46)
Bartimaeus can teach us a great deal of how we can relate to God. Like Bartimaeus, your
problem may not be physical blindness, it may be a spiritual blindness, still living a life
lost. Or maybe there are certain spiritual things that just does not make any sense to you.
Maybe it something in your life, a struggle in the flesh, a storm, an illness. “What Do
You Want ME ( Jesus ) To Do For You?”
Maybe we can all approach Jesus in the same matter… “Son of David, have mercy on
me!” Bartimaeus was in need, and cried out to the only One who can help him. Let us
look into his life and see if we can relate in the same way.
Faith is hearing and believing, even if you cannot see. Remember “doubting” Thomas.
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are
those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The difference between Thomas, Bartimaeus was Thomas was not blind, and has been
with Jesus for three years. And yet, he still doubt! Another description of spiritual
Bartimaeus was not only blind, he was a beggar. Most blind people today still lead
productive lives, with all the technology that we have to be of some aid to them. But in
Jesus’ time, blind people couldn’t work. No technology, no such thing as a “Disability
Act”, so blindness was a terrible handicap. Everyday Bartimaeus sat beside the road
holding out his hand asking for money. In a way, we can all relate.
Pastor Richard Santos
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