Bartimaeus believed he would be healed. And Jesus replied to him, "Go thy way; thy faith has healed thee." We saw in Bartimaeus a brave man who understood what he wanted and was fearless. In addition to all of this, Jesus tells us that Bartimaeus was a man of faith. We should all be like Bartimaeus - confident in our beliefs and willing to share them even when no one else is listening.
Jesus also told Bartimaeus that his faith had healed him. We know that Jesus can perform miracles today just as he did in Capernaum - healing diseases, mental disorders, physical deformities, and even restoring sight to blind people. But more than that, we learn that his miracles have not changed nor has his power been diminished over time. They are still able to heal today just as they did in ancient Jerusalem. This shows us that there is nothing spiritual about illness or disability, only emotional pain or discomfort. Jesus can heal any disease because they are issues beyond human comprehension or authority. All that matters is that you believe and ask him to help you.
Finally, we learn that God wants us to have confidence in ourselves and our abilities. Even though Bartimaeus was a character in the Bible, these words were not written for someone who was familiar with the story. These are lessons that we need to learn again and again in our lives.
When Jesus cured Bartimaeus, he told him, "Go, your faith has healed you," but the Bible says that instead of leaving when he recovered his sight, Bartimaeus followed Jesus. Bartimaeus desired not just the cure, but also the healer. He wanted to know where Jesus was going and why, so he could go with him.
Bartimaeus's request shows that he had genuine faith in Jesus as a healer. Like many people today, he must have seen many doctors and been cured by them. But Jesus went beyond what anyone else had done for Bartimaeus to prove that he was able to heal. By this action, Jesus showed Bartimaeus that he was going on an important mission from God.
Jesus also told him to keep watch over his gaze because his mission was critical. People who follow him are often persecuted for doing so, which means that they must protect their lives by avoiding arrest. Therefore, Bartimaeus should keep quiet about Jesus' presence and activity for fear of being caught up in someone's persecution.
Finally, Jesus told Bartimaeus to release the blind man, so he could see again. This shows that even though Jesus has gone on a vital mission for our world, he still cares for those who seek him out.
Jesus is willing to extend his hand of healing to us, if we will only reach out to him.
Unlike him, the cured Bartimaeus instantly follows Jesus, prompting the evangelist Mark to include his name in the account. Bartimaeus also teaches us a Jesus Prayer, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" as a consequence of which he gained spiritual eyesight, as evidenced by his restored ability to see.
Bartimaeus's story is told in chapter 18 of John's Gospel. He lives in Jericho, and when he sees Jesus approaching from far away on the road, he runs to him and falls at his feet. When Jesus asks him why he has come out of his house, he replies that he needs him. Then he adds, "I am blind."
In those days the Jews used eye salves to cure their blindness. So they anoint Bartimaeus's eyes with this medicine and he can now see again.
This story tells us that if we want to be healed of our sicknesses, we need only believe in Jesus and we will be saved. Also, it shows that sickness is a result of sin and everyone dies unless they are saved by Jesus' death on the cross. Finally, this story reveals that God can restore any vision that is lost due to illness or accident.
Good health is one of the gifts of salvation that Christ gives to us when we trust in Him. Without health there is no life, and without life there is no hope.
In the face of adversity, Bartimaeus shown bravery. Strong able-bodied males with good eyesight sought to keep this blind guy from approaching Jesus for aid. But, happily, he proved indomitable; the more they attempted to hush him, the louder he yelled. "Have compassion on me, Son of David." A humble request from a blind man.
Bartimaeus's story teaches us that faith in God brings about miraculous cures. So why would anyone refuse to believe that a blind man could be healed by Jesus? Perhaps they thought him to be less than human or that he was only pretending to be blind to test them. Or perhaps they feared what might happen if he regained his sight - that he would go around accusing them of sin and thus endanger their relationship with God.
But notice what happened when they tried to silence him: not only did he not shut up, but also he got louder! He must have been shouting quite loudly because even those who were far away heard him and are said to have been astonished at the power of God.
And so the message is clear: if you have faith in God, he will heal you. His power is unlimited and cannot be stopped. No matter how strong you think you are, how far away he is, or how many people oppose you, nothing can stop him from healing you if you only believe.
Jesus healed this blind man because he loved him.
Each of the three Synoptic Gospels mentions Jesus curing the blind near Jericho as he went through the city soon before his crucifixion. According to Mark's Gospel, Jesus cured a man called Bartimaeus as he was leaving Jericho. The story is not found in Luke's Gospel and it has been suggested that it is an addition by a later writer who was familiar with this story from another source.
Bartimaeus was most likely a beggar who used his disability to earn a living. He may have had leprosy, since the term "blind" (or "seeing-less") is used for people with this disease. Lepers were usually excluded from religious ceremonies, but Jesus would have felt compassion on Bartimaeus because of its association with sin. In order for Jesus to cure him, though, he needed to know that Bartimaeus was not just any blind person but one who was deeply troubled and seeking salvation. Thus, when Jesus asked him what he wanted, rather than giving him money or other valuable possessions, Bartimaeus only asked to see Jesus' hands so that he could touch him. This act showed that he believed Jesus could heal him.
When Jesus reached into his pocket, touched Bartimaeus on the eye and said, "Be healed," he restored him to sight.
This story shows us that healing can only come through faith in Jesus Christ.