We don’t often see miracles. We certainly do not often see miracles happen at our local coffee house, convenient store, or courthouse. But, on the day described in our text, the pressing crowds pushing through the city gates saw a miracle as Jesus passed through Jericho (Mark 10:46).
I. The Request by the Blind Man
By the dusty roadside near the Jericho gates sat Bartimaeus, a blind man, begging from where he sat in the dirt as the jostling crowd passed by. Suddenly, he could hear a change in the crowd… it was larger and louder. And he could hear from what was being said that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Jesus! No longer begging, he began shouting: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47)
Bartimaeus had one weakness and one strength: he was blind, but he was bold.
There is a time to be bold in our faith… and that time occurs much more often than we take advantage of!
Focus more on your strengths than your weakness… and do what you can with what you have.
II. The Response by the Crowd
The people around him told him to be quiet… but that only made him shout louder!
III. The Restoration by the Savior
Jesus must have heard his cry; He stopped and called Bartimaeus to come to Him. Quickly, he got up… tossed aside his ragged cloak… and felt his way to where Jesus was. He said it as simply as he could: “Rabbi, I want to see.” Jesus answered, “Go your way; your faith has healed you.” And a healed, seeing Bartimaeus followed Jesus away from Jericho.
Bartimaeus seemed to have little doubt that Jesus could heal him… and, what did he have to lose? Life was about as low for him as it could possibly get!
What is your heart’s attitude toward Jesus during difficult or traumatic times of life? Do you doubt His care? Do you doubt His mercy? Do you doubt His ability to work for your good? Are you as confident in Jesus as Bartimaeus was?
You can read the story of Bartimaeus in Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; and Luke 18:35-43.