Mark’s gospel gives us the account of blind Bartimaeus, who was a beggar in Jericho. As Jesus passed by on his way to Jerusalem, Bartimaeus pleaded with Jesus to help him. Jesus showed mercy on Bartimaeus and healed him. These are the basic facts of this account. But as we look more closely at these rather simple events there is a much deeper message. This short but dynamic encounter between a beggar and our Lord is instructive to us today.
We all have times when when we need to cry out to Jesus for help. It could be that you don’t know Him as your Savior and Lord. Whether you know it or not, you’re suffering spiritual blindness and poverty. You need Jesus to forgive you, cleanse you, and set your life on the right track. You may already be a Christian, but you’re struggling and out of options. Jesus knows the way forward. But he wants you to confess your need for Him.
Wherever you are in life today, if you’re at the end of your rope, cry out to Jesus. He has the answers and he’s ready, willing, and able to show you his love and mercy.