"Even a blind man can tell when he's walking in the Son"
And when they came to Jericho and as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus sat by the wayside begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David; have mercy on me. Even a blind man can tell when he is walking in the Son.
— Mark 10: 46-47
Ordinarily, as a beggar, Bartimaeus would have sought to make money out of the crowd. More passers-by meant more money in his box. But sight was more important to him than money; he deliberately sacrificed financial gain for his eyesight. Many people today are too busy making money to think about their soul’s salvation. They need to realize what a treasure they are sacrificing.
And many charged him that he should hold his peace; but the beggar could not be silenced. So he cried the more, real deals, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
— Mark 10:48
His appeal was to Jesus, not to the crowd and no answer would be acceptable except from Him. Often when we are seeking Jesus for an answer, we are interrupted by our thoughts or others, causing us to lose focus on the Son.
And Jesus stood still…and they called the blind man saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise, He calleth thee.
— Mark 10:49
Jesus always stops when we call. Bartimaeus leaping up flung off his outer garment used for protection from the weather and with an instinct of faith as sure as sight, he came to Jesus.
And he casting away his garment rose and came to Jesus.
— Mark 10:50
Are you cumbered down with despair, hatred, unkindness, fear, depression, or unforgiveness? Some folks struggle with cloaks of drunkenness, lust, or adultery. What are some of the things that weigh you down and keep you from coming to Jesus? The Bible says “he threw off his cloak” which was his protection from the sun, wind, rain, and cold. A garment he probably used as a pillow and maybe sometimes was his only shelter. But he didn’t want anything to slow him down or hold him back from getting to Jesus. The compassion, hope, goodness, kindness, joy, gentleness, love, caring, giving, and peace that he always wanted, desired and desperately needed, was right here, saying come.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?
— Mark 10: 51
As the omniscient One (all knowing), He knew what Bartimaeus needed. But Jesus often asked questions of those desiring healing. He encouraged the needy to express their need and faith in His words.
There was no faltering or fear or suspense in Bartimaeus’ reply for he knew what he wanted and he believed he was standing in the Son. So his seven-word prayer was from Roman 10:51: Lord, that I might receive my sight.
Such prayers were music to Jesus’ ears because they expressed faith. The attitude of this man touched Jesus’ heart. Bartimaeus kept his attitude together! Jesus was calm, strong, and rich in mercy.
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee well.
— Romans 10:52
Just how the miracle of restoration happened we do not know:
• (Matthew) says, He touched their eyes and immediately their eyes received sight.
• (Luke) says, that Jesus told him, “Receive thy sight.
• (Mark) says: And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee well.
Bartimaeus represented the soul of humanity struggling for the Light. Jesus of Nazareth is the Light of the world (Sun) - the shining forth of God who is Light and in whom there is no darkness at all. 1 Jn 1:5. Even a blind man can tell when he’s walking in the Son (sun). I once was blind but now I see. How about you? Are you ready to throw aside everything that you think is comfortable and follow Him? Are you walking in darkness? Or can you feel the light of the sun (Son) trying to penetrate that cold heart, that haughty spirit, that suffering soul? Why not surrender to the true “Son” and let Him light your way? Let Him open your eyes. When the Son “went down” at Calvary and left this earth after His resurrection, the world has been left darkening. But before He left, He promised, “I will come again!
Even a blind man can tell when he’s walking in the Son (sun).
This column is the opinion of Rev. Helen A. Phillips of Corinthian Baptist Church in Fairbanks.