He was where he always was, sitting by the road begging. And when he heard that Jesus was there in the city of Jericho, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
It was an urgent cry from a man who was blind. His world was plunged in darkness. It was all he knew. It was what drove him to beg by the side of the road. It was what filled him with despair. He could feel the warmth of the sunshine but could not see its brilliance. He could hear the birds singing but could not see their beauty.
Today, Jesus who healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and made the lame walk, was here in Jericho. This was a golden opportunity for Bartimaeus to receive his sight. He knew that Jesus could help him. He had to cry out. He did but the crowd told him to be quiet. Stubbornly, he cried out all the more. This time Jesus heard him and stopped. He commanded that the man be brought to Him. The people were encouraging this time and they said to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
Throwing aside his garment, Bartimaeus went to Jesus. He was throwing aside the life he had known to embrace a new one. He went to Jesus.
Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” No doubt Jesus knew what he wanted but when we go to the Lord, we must be specific in our petitions. Bartimaeus answered, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” This was something that he had always wanted, longed for and now he was about to receive it.
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.
Jesus responded to the urgent cry of a blind man whose stubborn faith refused to be silenced or discouraged. When we cry out the Lord in faith, He will hear us. He will respond to our greatest need. And our response is to follow Him.