When a blind-man showed The Way: Part 2

We were going through the portion from the gospels telling us about the miracle on the road to Jericho, when blind Bartimaeus received his sight. This is the second part of the post that was published previous Monday on what are the lessons that we can learn from the episode.

Voice of the World v/s Voice of Jesus
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”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!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Mark 10: 48-50

The voices of the world shouldn’t stop us from approaching Jesus. It didn’t stop Bartimaeus from shouting out louder. I loved that act by the blind man! He went after Jesus even louder. And if we aren’t distracted by these voices, rest assured that Jesus will be there to hear you out!

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If anyone knew what desperation was, it was Bartimaeus. For someone who had to beg to get through his day, he knew what it was like to ask and receive. And now, even more so, for now he was going to receive the best he has ever received. Your act of desperation to receive a touch from Him will make God stop in His tracks and pay attention to you. That act of ignoring the discouragement of the devil will grab God’s attention for you, to the point of Him waiting for you to draw close to Him! To the point of you hearing His voice, “Call him!”

Give up to gain more!
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Mark 10: 48-50

Perhaps the only real possession that Bartimaeus had was his cloak, in addition to a begging bowl and a walking stick. These were his identity. These defined who he was. When he decided to take the step of faith, literally, he decided to give up all that he owned. In stark contrast to the young rich man a few verses earlier (Mark 10:17-25), the blind Bartimaeus was ready to abandon everything that hindered his progress from following Christ. Bartimaeus was ready to give up his identity. He was ready to give up what defined him. In essence, Bartimaeus was giving up his past – filled with darkness. Because Bartimaeus knew he was about to gain much more than what he was giving up!

Are you ready to give up your own self? Give up your identity that does not reveal Christ? Give up a past filled with darkness? Give up that attitude that was dependant on the world than in Christ? You may be a born-again Christian or you may not be, but my Lord wants you to drop the cloak that defined your past, throw away the stick and bowl that defined your dependence on the world. He wants you to draw near to Him and allow Him to change your past into a future full of freedom in Christ.

God’s prized possession
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. Mark 10:46

Interestingly, Mark is the only author who mentions Bartimaeus by name. The other apostles refer him by his disability. While Bar-timaeus’ literal translation would be ‘Son of Timaeus’, which is what Mark mentions as well, the ideal meaning would be ‘Son of he who’s highly prized’.

Either ways, we can gauge that Bartimaeus was supposed to be someone who was highly prized! Yet, because of his disability, he was sidelined to the roads, rejected and undervalued by one and all. But Jesus understood his value. For Jesus, he was God’s prized possession. He was indeed, with a little variation to the meaning of his name, son of The Most-High Prize!

Those reading this post – let this line go deep into your heart and stir your spirit – You are valued by God. You are His special possession. You’re His prize! And you’re the son of the Most High!

Once we get to know the true revelation of our God in our life, decide to throw our shame and shout out to a God who is interested in us, walk towards Him ignoring the voices of the world, give up on things that hinder our walk and realize that we are highly valued by Him, Jesus will restore our lost or a non-existent vision. A vision that will change our walk with Him, that will erase our past and author a new future!

God is good.

Read: When a blind man showed The Way: Part 1


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