Mk.10:52 – Jesus responded, “Your faith heals you. Go in peace, with your sight restored.”

Jesus was literally stopped in His tracks by a blind man’s cries of desperation. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”. This kind of cry was impossible for Jesus to ignore. Just for some personal inside information, Jesus still can’t not respond to that kind of cry that smacks of faith and desperation. What would Jesus do? He called for Bartimaeus, the blind man to be brought to Him. “What do you want Me to do for you?” That’s what the blind man was waiting for; his immediate response, “I want to see, heal my eyes”. In an instant Bartimaeus was healed, actually he was more than healed, he was made whole. Here is how Brian Simmons describes what Jesus said.

“This is the Greek word sozo and is best defined with multiple terms: “delivered, saved, restored, healed, rescued, preserved, made whole.” There is at least an implication that the man was saved, healed, and delivered, with sight restored, all at the same time.”

The next stunning event was what Bartimaeus did, look at this verse in the NASB 2020

Mk.10:52 – Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

Did you see it? Bartimaeus did not go back to what we would call normal, he followed Jesus down the road. He became part of the parade of testimonies that would follow Jesus to the end. Here is how Barclay describes this verse.

“In the end there is a precious touch. Bartimaeus may have been a beggar by the wayside but he was a man of gratitude. Having received his sight, he followed Jesus. He did not selfishly go on his way when his need was met. He began with need, went on to gratitude, and finished with loyalty – and that is a perfect summary of the stages of discipleship.”

In a way we are all Bartimaeus, blind from birth, just sitting by the road listening to the world and our life passing us by. Then it happens, we hear songs of victory, amazing stories of changed lives and then we sense His nearness, Jesus is approaching us. We can stay silent in our misery or cry out. This is our moment in life, not only will our life be made whole we will discover our purpose. We were born to follow Him and let our new life tell His story.

3 thoughts on “SHEER DESPERATION”

  1. This commentary reminds me of when I accepted Christ in my life. I was in a horrible marriage that I didn’t want to be in ( my Dad insisted that I marry this person).
    Depression was my mood all throughout this trial of my life. I remember missing a Thanksgiving at my mother in law’s home. I turned on the tv, and there was Pat Robinson. He lead me in the sinner’s prayer; he also spoke about being baptized in the Holy Spirit ~ recall my living room being ‘lit up’ the sun was shining brighter through the window, a Peace entered the room, I felt the Love of God for the first time ❣️ Then Pat Robinson talked about water baptism, so I immediately took a shower! Of course eventually I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior publicly and got baptized in a church.
    *My earthly Son has passed; but it seems that he was always in my life. *Jesus passed by me; he’s always in my life❣️

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