Mark 10:46 ¶ 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.
Bartimaeus had felt alone for a long time. Blindness can do that to you, never seeing anyone else, it becomes just you and the darkness. Depression and sickness can do the same thing to us, we have been overwhelmed by our circumstances for so long that we feel alone. We feel like no one understands, and even worse, no one even cares. That all changed for Bartimaeus in a moment of time. Jesus called for him; in an instant he stepped into something he had never felt before, it was the powerful love of God. Bartimaeus had never felt loved like this, he knew in that moment his life was about to change. Jonathan Edwards describes the love of God in his sermon about heaven, listen to these powerful words.
“Here is joy unspeakable indeed; here is humble, holy, divine joy in its perfection. Love is a sweet principle, especially divine love. It is a spring of sweetness. But here the spring shall become a river, and an ocean. All shall stand about the God of glory, the fountain of love, as it were opening their bosoms to be filled with those effusions of love which are poured forth from thence, as the flowers on the earth in a pleasant “spring day open their bosoms to the sun to be filled with his warmth and light, and to flourish in beauty and fragrancy by his rays.”
That’s what it was like for Bartimaeus that day, he found himself standing in front of this fountain of love. He felt his heart opening up, it had been closed for so long, the love of God was now pouring into his open heart. He found his heart stepping out of the darkness of depression, a new kind of light was flooding his soul. That’s when it happened, his physical eyes began to open, he could see. What did he see? He was gazing into the source of this love, the beautiful face of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. Love had broken through; his heart was healed and now his eyes were healed. Now here is the best part of this story, you too are standing before this fountain of love. As you draw closer, you will hear Him calling your name. Before you know it, you too will be healed, basking in the Father’s love.