Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

 Mark 10:46-52 (TLB)

(46) And so they reached Jericho. Later, as they left town, a great crowd was following. Now it happened that a blind beggar named Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road as Jesus was going by. (47) When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was near, he began to shout out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (48) “Shut up!” some of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted the louder, again and again, “O Son of David, have mercy on me!” (49) When Jesus heard him, he stopped there in the road and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “You lucky fellow,” they said, “come on, he’s calling you!” (50) Bartimaeus yanked off his old coat and flung it aside, jumped up and came to Jesus. (51) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “O Teacher,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” (52) And Jesus said to him, “All right, it’s done. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly the blind man could see and followed Jesus down the road!

Commentary

Jesus always listens. Let that be a lesson for us. Jesus says, “Tell him to come here (v49).”

He (Bartimaeus) yanked off his old coat and flung it (v50). For Bartimaeus, THIS.WAS.A.DONE.DEAL! Going to Jesus was a simple formality. His faith was so large. Beyond large. To imagine we could have his faith. He knew it would happen. He didn’t think to himself, maybe I should keep the old coat just in case. The coat was gone. Finished. no more.

Jesus asks various questions when He heals. Here, He says, “What do you want me to do for you (v51)?”

Bartimeaus responds, “I want to see (v51)!” 

Jesus obliges, “All right, it’s done. Your faith has healed you (v52).”

INSTANTLY (v52).

Bartimaeus was a new man. He had a new life to begin.

Jesus, You are so beautiful. 

He healed them all (Matthew 15:30)!

“Follow Me (John 1:43)!”

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