“And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.”– Luke 18:36
This was not the usual sound of pilgrims making their journey to Jerusalem. On this day, Jericho’s streets were filled with multitudes. Physically blind and left to beg, Bartimaeus heard a difference in the crowds. There was a different kind of stirring in the city. And when he inquired about what was happening, he was told that Jesus of Nazareth had arrived. Immediately, the blind beggar cries out for the Savior. When they tried shutting him up, he cried out even louder. His words already confessed what his heart knew, that Jesus was the Chosen One of God. Although physically blind, Bartimaeus’ spiritual eyes were wide open.
Over the noise of the multitudes, Jesus hears the calls from this man. So personal is our Savior to each one of us, Jesus stopped. Acutely aware that He was heading to His death, Jesus took the time to help yet another individual. Proof that Jesus came to serve and not to be served. Our Savior had no regard for Himself, just His Father’s business, and the well-being of others. A good lesson for every Christian to learn today. When Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he wanted, the prayer was “short, specific, and full of faith.” He wanted Jesus to restore His sight. Here is the key we each must learn; Bartimaeus knew he was asking the impossible. However, he also knew Who he was asking, the One that could do the impossible.
His faith in the impossible is not what saved him. His faith in Jesus is what made the blind man well. In his life, this miracle brought forward what we see as real marks of conversion, following Jesus and glorifying God. From that day on, Bartimaeus was changed and began a life of obedience and worship to the Lord. Not only that, his life became a testimony to others. We are told that all of those around began glorifying God as well!
May we be encouraged today to live our lives in such a way that God’s name is glorified. This is the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Scriptures, we are told that “Jesus of Nazareth went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). As others see a difference in our lives, a stirring, may it cause them to cry out to Jesus for salvation. This is the believers’ only goal in life. Let us go around and be found doing good!
“…what a heaven on earth this world would soon become if we all set out every morning to go about all day doing good, like Jesus of Nazareth. What a country this would soon Be! What a city of ours this would soon be! What a congregation! What a house at home would our house soon become! Let us all do it. Let every one of us do it. Let us all determine to work out our own salvation by going about doing good. You to me, and I to you, and Christ to us all. Why not? And why not now, and henceforth, and to all men? And especially to the unthankful and the evil.”– Alexander Whyte