Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word.
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,[a]” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.[b]
Mark 10:46-52 NLT
How do you respond to resistance? When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was near, he began shouting for mercy, hoping to be healed. The response of those around him? “Be quiet!” I love how Bartimaeus responds. Mark records that he only shouted louder.
We are all in desperate need of Jesus’ mercy and healing. But when we are met with opposition, it causes many of us to go quiet, not to get louder. If someone shouted at me in the middle of the street to “be quiet!” … I would! We often live this life with the goal of not offending anyone. We don’t want our faith to be too loud, or bold, or offensive. But Bartimaeus didn’t hold back or worry about causing offense because he was desperate for Jesus.
How can you be bold in your cries for mercy? Where do you need healing in your life, or the life of a friend?
The Scriptures are clear: Jesus is our healer. Take this time to pray for healing for yourself, a loved one, and the world.
After reading the passage together, have a conversation with your family: why do you think Jesus healed people? Do you think he still heals today?