Bartimaeus was helpless. When the Lord heard the derelict voice over the din of the crowd, he commanded that they bring him. In true form, rather than bring a handicapped man to the Lord, they passed along the order. ‘Be of good cheer!’ They mock. Why, for a man with his sight, walking from here to there is as easy as breathing, but, O, feel for the life shrouded in darkness, as he must feel his way to Christ! Could there not be one to help him? But even the helping hand is folded to the side of the Saviour.
Bartimaeus was clothes-less. You see, when he arose in such haste, he left his garment, and came to Jesus. You or I could easily procure another one, but the sightless invalid will search hopelessly forever for the place where he may have left it. And now, no coat for the coming winter, no shade from the burning summer! No cover from the springtime dews, nor shield from autumn’s angry wind. Perhaps for this, he will ask of the Giver of all things? I’m sure that He could’ve given the clothes off His back for this needy one… if he only would.
Now, you may not like the scenario I have described for you. Perhaps that is not the ‘Jesus’ you claim to know. You recoil at the coldness of the disciples toward the poor man on the roadside. You wonder, “Why did Jesus not rebuke their attitude, or why did He act so carelessly toward him?” It was because he knew this man’s greatest need.
Bartimaeus was blind. He could not see! Few abilities can be compared to the power of sight. This was a far greater need than a job, a house, a help, a friend, or a coat! How obvious it is to you and me, and yet in the middle of life, how often do we strive for these things, when our greatest need is to have light?
In Genesis 1:3, on the first day of creation, before plants, animals, dry ground, sun and moon, stars, or even air; God said, “Let there be LIGHT.” Without the Light of the World, there is a darkness so deep it can be felt. The black void you may try to fill up with so many things- but what you really NEED is LIGHT to SEE.
What wilt thou? If Bartimaeus had asked for anything in this world, Christ would have done it for him. Many people find a momentary relief from suffering when they cry out for God to help them, heal them, send them some money, or bring them through some depression. Later, they express only frustration over their life, saying,
“Well, I pray EVERY night”
“I asked God to help me do better”
“God kept me from dying, but now I don’t feel like living anymore.”
“Is this all there is to life?”
My friend, you need JESUS, the Light of life, to come into your heart to clean the sin out of you. You need that above all else.
You do not need a job.
You do not need pity.
You do not need friends.
You do not need ‘helped out’.
You do not need the clothes on your back!
You need sight! If you could only accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, everything else will come together. The decision rests with you: “What wilt thou?” Will you do it?
“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.
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” (Mark 10:51-52)