In this sermon, Pastor Neil talks an incident on the Jericho Road, when Jesus encountered a blind man, Bartimaeus (“Bart”), whom Jesus healed. Here are some excerpts
The blind man – Mark tells us his name was Bartimaeus (I’ll call him “Bart” for short) – was, as Ralph Martin said, “a nobody on the road of life.” He was one of those helpless, hopeless people who embarrasses others just by being there. He was the kind of person you’d rather just ignore, hoping he’ll go away.
But not Jesus – because whoever and wherever they are, even if they are just “nobodies”, just taking up space (in our view) along the highway of life, people in need matter to Jesus.
Jesus knew how to ask good questions. Great questions. Powerful, penetrating, point- blank questions. For example, there is this question He asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).
Or this question addressed to His religious nemeses, the Pharisees: “Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3).
Or this: “When the Son of Man comes (again), will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).
Or this: “What good is it if you gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul? Or what can you give in exchange for your soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).
Perhaps it doesn’t seem so, but I think the question Jesus asked blind Bart is one of the greatest questions He ever asked. Why? Because it demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus cares about “nobodies” and all of us who may feel like “nobodies.” It shows that in God’s eyes, the weak, the vulnerable, the less gifted, the have-nots are just as important, just as valuable as those who seem to have everything going for them in life. It shows that Jesus is concerned about those whom nobody seems to love every bit as much as He is about those whom everybody loves.
At the heart of Jesus’ question to Bart is a quality of love that every one of us needs. I hope you can see that the question Jesus asked is not just for this blind beggar. It is for all the “beggars” of the world, including you and me.
Jesus healing of Bartimaeus. Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below and hear the sermon in its entirety.