Eyes Open

Just days before Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, Bartimaeus’ eyes were healed and opened. “Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” [Mark 10:52]

Prior to healing, Bartimaeus had become beggardly. Having heard Jesus was passing by, he cried out for mercy. Many people rebuked him and told him to hold his peace ~ but, in desperation, he persisted…even cried out the more. “Thou son of David, have mercy on me!” [verse 47]

Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. In response, Bartimaeus threw off his garment ~ his beggar’s attire ~ and came to Jesus. Having seen him make the choice to throw off the old ways, Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” [verse 51]

Pivotal to Bartimaeus’ healing was the forfeit of his old ways. Sick of the beggar’s plight, desperate for a change in his life, longing to see once again, he positioned himself to receive his healing.

What caused Jesus to stand still? Bartimaeus was ready to walk out of the old ways of doing things and into the new and living way. The new would be to walk on the road with Jesus. From a beggar’s darkness to witnessing the powerful resurrection of the One who had touched him, Bartimaeus would never be the same again.

“Go your way; your faith has made you well.” [Mark 10:52]

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