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Bartimaeus

Bartimaeus was looking for healing from a man he’d never met. Bartimaeus had never seen Jesus and although he wanted to see him, he would not be able to do so because he was blind. But, he had heard about Him. And that was enough.

 

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In Sons and Daughters of God, Ellen G. White writes:“And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. It is only when the sinner feels the need of a Saviour, that his heart goes after the One who can help him. When Jesus walked among men, it was the sick that wanted a physician. The poor, the afflicted and distressed, followed after Him, to receive the help and comfort which they could not find elsewhere. Blind Bartimaeus is waiting by the wayside; he has waited long to meet Christ.Throngs of people who possess their sight are passing to and fro, but they have no desire to see Jesus. One look of faith would touch His heart of love, and bring them the blessings of His grace; but they know not the sickness and poverty of their souls, and they feel no need of Christ. Not so with the poor blind man. His only hope is in Jesus. As he waits and watches, he hears the tread of many feet, and he eagerly inquires, What means this noise of travel? The by-standers answer that “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.” With the eagerness of intense desire, he cries, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” They try to silence him, but he cries the more vehemently, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” This appeal is heard. His persevering faith is rewarded. Not only is physical sight restored, but the eyes of his understanding are opened. In Christ he sees his Redeemer, and the Sun of Righteousness shines into his soul. All who feel their need of Christ as did blind Bartimaeus, and who will be as earnest and determined as he was, will, like him, receive the blessing which they crave.” - Blind Bartimaeus’ Faith in God's Grace Rewarded, April 29

 

Among throngs of people, he reaches out to find Jesus so that he can be healed. In Bartimaeus’ story we see that when we eagerly search for Jesus - no matter the situation we can receive our blessing. Bartimaeus proves that practicing your faith, even when you cannot see him physically, is truly rewarding.

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