THE BEGGARMAN’S CRY
Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Blind Bartimaeus was a beggar. His quality of life was determined by what other people would do for him. His circumstances would never change. He lived in a world of darkness, all alone with no way to change his life. If people were generous, he had food for the day, if not, he had learned to do without.
Many people live in a world of darkness, don’t get me wrong, their eyes may work, but they live in a different kind of darkness. A darkness that steals the ability to really enjoy their lives. These people can never see the hand of God, His beauty and work is everwhere, but having eyes to see, they cannot see. This spiritual blindness makes us into poor beggars, like Bartimaeus. We are dependent on man for everything we receive. Some are dependent on others, always complaining that no one ever helps them. Others are dependent on themselves and their own natural resources, unaware of the nearness of Jesus, our Blessed Savior. Without the help of God, we live our whole live tossed to and fro by the circumstances of life.
Bartimaeus had had enough of that kind of life. He was not going to be a beggar anymore. Actually, his spiritual eyes had begun to open.
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon me”. He had seen it in a flash. His physical eyes were still blind, but the blazing light of God’s Glory begin to shine in his heart. Jesus, the creator of the eyes was passing by Bartimaeus’s corner. This was his moment. As the Glory of God broke in upon him, he heard the voice of the Savior. “What do you want me to do for you?”.
That was all Bartimaeus needed to hear, “I want to see”, he began to cry out.
The next thing he knew, He was looking into the face of Jesus. He would never need to depend on man again, he had found the true source of life.
Today, Jesus is passing by your “corner”. Maybe you can’t see Him, that’s just because you are still blind. But like Bartimaeus, you are beginning to sense His nearness. If you listen carefully, you may even hear His voice. “What do you want me to do for you?” now is your moment, call out to Him in prayer. Like Bartimaeus, He will open your eyes and you will never be a beggar again.