THE COMING KING
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!”
Bartimaeus had heard about the coming King of Israel all his life. The jewish people all “believed” in this king, but no one really thought they would ever see him. It’s is kind of like today, all Christians “believe” in the second coming of Christ, but do they really expect that they will see Him, not really. That was how it was for Bartimaeus, at least until he heard the increasing reports about Jesus of Nazareth. He heard all sorts of rumors about miracles. At first he did not pay much attention, but over time, his faith began to come alive. Not only did Bartimaeus believe in the miracles, he came to the conclusion that this Jesus was the promised king they had been waiting for all their lives. Bartimaeus was ready, ready for his miracle, when the coming king, the son of David, appears, he would make his move.
On one ordinary day Bartimaeus heard a stir in the streets of Jericho, he asked someone in the quickly gathering crowd what was going on. “Jesus of Nazareth is passing through our town”, someone replied. This was the day he had been waiting for. Bartimaeus knew his day had come, “Jesus, son of David” he began to cry out. Suddenly, there He was, right in front of Bartimaeus, “he is calling for you!”, he heard someone say. In an instant, everything had changed, Bartimeus could see, he was following Jesus down the road. He could not take his eyes off of his King. The son of David had come, Bartimaeus had a new life.
Today, many of us say we are waiting for our King, but our lives go on as if that was just a fairy tale. Just as in Bartimaeus’s time, the reports of miracles and of His sudden appearance are increasing. Have you heard the reports? Has your faith been awakened, or are you still asleep? I hear He is passing through your town, maybe today. Are you ready for His sudden appearing? He is listening for the cry of faith like He heard in Jericho, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me”. Listen carefully, I think He is calling for you.