Music for Jan 18
… A blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
The actions of the blind beggar in Mark 10 hold many fascinating details. First, the beggar uses a messianic title to address Jesus. He makes no mistake about who Jesus was. Second, instead of asking for healing he pleads with Jesus to grant him mercy. Furthermore, the beggar would not be silenced. The crowds were telling him to be quiet but he only cried out louder for Jesus. When Jesus called for Bartimaeus he wasted no time in coming to Jesus. When asked what he wanted Jesus to do for him he did not hesitate; he knew Jesus could heal him. Jesus did so because of his faith. Bartimaeus was desperate to receive mercy from Jesus and by faith had no doubt that Jesus could heal him. Are we as desperate as Bartimaeus was for the mercy of Jesus? Are we as aware as Bartimaeus was of our need for Jesus to pour out his mercy on us? Do we have faith that Jesus can, without a doubt, heal us of our sin? We must rely fully on Jesus, the Son of David, to free us from our sins and to pour out his mercy on us. He is the One who conquered sin and death at the cross and by his resurrection. We must glory in our redeemer!
Grace and Peace
I Will Glory in My Redeemer
Have Mercy on Me