Summary: Bartimaeus was a blind man, Jesus appeared on the scene and healed him.

The word of God records to us in the book of Acts 10:38, how God anointed His Son Jesus Christ with power and He went around doing good and healing all those that were oppressed by the Devil.

Acts 10:38

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.

God's anointing was upon His Son and wherever He went and saw the people been oppressed the power of God that was upon Him was available to heal the sick and as soon as Jesus was present anywhere, the sick had freedom from the sickness or from any kind of diseases.

Jesus was full of power because God the father was with Him. and God's desire for mankind is to set the captives free from any form of oppression. God does not want any of His children to be in pain so that they can serve Him wholeheartedly and without fear. Freedom from sickness is very important to God. God loves us so much that He wants us free.

God's love wants us well and living free from any affliction and this is why Jesus cried out on the cross before He gave up His breath "That it is finished" - John 19: 28 - 30.

The story of Bartimaeus

Mark 10: 46 - 52

Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting beside the road [as was his custom]. When Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and say, “Jesus, Son of David (Messiah), have mercy on me!” Many sternly rebuked him, telling him to keep still and be quiet; but he kept on shouting out all the more, “Son of David (Messiah), have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, telling him, “Take courage, get up! He is calling for you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni (my Master), let me regain my sight.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith [and confident trust in My power] has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Jesus on the road.

It was the custom of this blind man who became a beggar because of his condition to sit in the same spot everyday beside the road to beg, the place where there was a lot of people going to and fro, a busy place for him, knowing fully well that by the end of the day he would take something home with him.

But a day came that Jesus the anointed one was going through the same road, and let's remember that wherever Jesus was, there was always a large crowd around Him, people wanting a touch from Him, his disciples were also present and the Pharisees , the Sadducees, the Scribes, the Chief Priests were present to question everything that Jesus did.

Bartimaeus on this day was still in the same position begging and suddenly heard lots of noises around him, he had to ask the people what was happening in that area and remember he could not see, and someone replied him that Jesus the miracle worker was in the area and healing the oppressed. Bartimaeus was excited and must have been hearing about Jesus, to him it was the day of salvation and he started raising up his voice, and thank God he had a voice and shouted at the top most of his voice to Jesus.

The first thing that came out of his mouth was "Jesus , Son of David the Messiah have mercy on me!" and he continued to shout, saying the same thing.

There is a scripture in Hebrews 4: 16

Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

On this day Jesus who sits on His throne was now present here on earth. Bartimaeus knew within him that this was his day, and refused to keep quiet, even with all the opposition around him. He kept on saying the same thing "Jesus, Son of David the Messiah have mercy on me!"

The Bible records that on this day Jesus stood still and asked for him to be brought to Him. And when Bartimaeus heard that Jesus had called for him, Bartimaeus jumped up in excitement and ran to Jesus, throwing aside his garment that he had been using for years and of course people recognised him with the garment and the question I would ask is that why did he decide to throw aside his garment? he was so used to it and he used it to cover himself up in every season.

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