…Bartimaeus, a blind beggar…was sitting by the roadside.
Mark 10:46 (ESV)
Stories are extremely powerful aren’t they? They make us laugh, cry, teach us lessons and even influence how we behave. The gospel writers didn’t just tell us who Jesus was – they told us stories about what he did and who he encountered, because there is so much to learn from them. Let’s take a look at the story of Bartimaeus.
First of all Bartimaeus knew his need. He didn’t try to hide from it but ‘began to cry out’ (v.47). He prompts me to ask, ‘Am I ready to face my neediness and ask for help as he did?’ We all have needs which only the Saviour can solve. Bartimaeus’ need was obvious, but for many of us our neediness is hidden. We have areas of our lives where we need to cry out for the Saviour’s help. Bartimaeus was open about his need and it was the starting point for Jesus to do a great thing for him.
Bartimaeus knew who could help him. He calls Jesus, ‘Son of David’ (v.47), a name for the Messiah. Maybe he knew what Isaiah 35:5 said – that when the Messiah comes ‘the eyes of the blind shall be opened’.
Bartimaeus knew that he mattered. He didn’t listen to the voices which told him that he wasn’t worth bothering the teacher about. He would not be silenced. (Mark 10:48) He knew that he was worth fighting for, so he shouted “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus thought he was worth it because he stopped to help him. We too are loved by a Saviour who will stop when he hears our cry.
Bartimaeus knew what didn’t matter. Interestingly, in the story, he left his cloak behind (v.50). Perhaps he didn’t have much and his cloak was very valuable to him, but he didn’t allow anything to delay him getting to Jesus. What are the things in our lives that don’t really matter but we attach too much value to? What things do we need to let go of because other things are much more important?
Bartimaeus knew where he wanted to go. After he had been healed by Jesus he followed him along the way (v.52). He wanted to walk with Jesus and be a part of his story, wherever it took him.
All of us are like Bartimaeus: blind and in need of the Saviour. And to God all of us are worth the Saviour stopping for, in order to heal us. All of us are on the road with Jesus, and he will not leave us as we walk with him.
Let’s lay aside what’s unimportant and follow Jesus on his journey.
Father, thank you that Jesus has restored our sight; please bless our walk with him. Amen.
Study by Barry Robinson
About the writer:
Barry Robinson is an elder and part of the National Ministry Team directing Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He is also a Pastoral Worker in the South of England, particularly the Camberwell and Central London congregations of Grace Communion International
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