One of the most powerful and wonderful things about Jesus’s ministry is how He took everyday occurrences and saw them as teachable moments to bring out life’s lessons. Jesus, in His humanity, showed how God intended for us to be towards one another … compassionate and loving. A great example of this is …
BLIND BARTIMAETUS RECEIVES HIS SIGHT (Mark 10:46-52)
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
This poor, blind beggar – when he heard from the crowd that Jesus of Nazareth was approaching – cried out in a loud voice “Jesus Son of David have mercy on me.” Imagine how Bartimaeus may have felt hearing the people around him, who had their sight, yelling for him to be quiet. These people could see Jesus with their physical eyes but really didn’t know who they were seeing. Bartimaeus could have succumb to the pressure of the crowd and held his peace. He no doubt had had his share of humiliation is his life time of begging. But he was not going to allow the judgement of others to squelch his faith in Jesus the Son of God. He cried all the more for mercy, until Jesus said, “Call him.” Then, the crowd changed their tune and told Bartimaeus to stop crying and to go to Jesus. Isn’t it amazing how fast public opinion can change as a result of one person’s steadfast faith?