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. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
People found this man annoying. They wanted him to stop and be quiet, but Bartimaeus knew that he needed Jesus more than anything else. He had decided that he wanted Jesus even if it upset, annoyed and disappointed those around him. Is that like you, or are you more bothered about what others will think of you if you decide to follow Jesus?
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
Jesus always has time for us. He always wants to help us and be there for us.
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.
Just like the blind man threw his coat to one side, sometimes there is something that gets in the way of us coming closer to Jesus. It might not be something evil we are doing, but just something that is slowing our journey towards Jesus, something that is taking too much of our time or attention. Sometimes we just need to put it to one side for a while until we get things in a better perspective. Depending on what it is we might be okay to pick it up again later but in a way that is more balanced and better for us and our relationship with Jesus. Jesus wants to be the most important person in our life, the one we focus on and whose opinion we value the most.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
Jesus loved this man and wanted to help him, Jesus wasn’t like the people around who were yelling at the man, trying to make him stop. Jesus is interested in us as unique individuals and He cares for us personally.
“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
Jesus can do anything, he can heal the sick, he can open our eyes to see Him more clearly and understand Him much better so that we can follow Him down the road of life!
- Ask Jesus to help you to realise that you need Him more than anything else in this world
- Thank Jesus that He always has time for us, He is never too busy to listen and care
- Ask Jesus to help you to know the things you do or watch that get in the way between you and God