A blind man who sees!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’” (Mark 10:52)
Notice how this blind man sees something in Jesus that ignites his hope.
‘Son of David’ was another way of saying God’s promised messiah.
While doubting minds debated and disputed, his desperate heart had no doubt.
Even those with Jesus did not ‘see’ who Jesus was (which is why they rebuked the man).
When no one else would have mercy on him, God’s promised saviour would.
It was this confidence, despite opposition, that marked him in Jesus’ eyes.
Persevering prayer, clinging to hope against all odds, trusting God…
These are the things that characterize the faith God notices.
Faith is not believing in a creed, it is clinging to God.
There are many people who claim to believe the creeds, yet cannot see who Jesus is.
“‘Are we blind too?’ Jesus replied, ‘If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.’” (John 9:40-41)
Am I more like this seeing blind man, or more like the blind people rebuking him?
Is my ‘faith’ a creed, or is it my heart desperately clinging to Jesus in hope?
Lord, more than a faith that understands, give me a faith that sees like this blind man, a faith that heals the heart, soul, body, mind!


  1. Knowing.
    Words are but words. Words require action.
    The blind man had more ‘sight’ than those who were following Jesus. The followers were annoyed by the blind man. I too need to seek Jesus, seeking Him daily for His presence and guidance, listening to His Word and doing that Word.

    When we walk with the Lord in the light of his Word
    What a glory he sheds on our way!
    While we do his good will, he abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey

  2. Driving into the bright morning light with a foggy window – blinded me. Yes there was light – too much light – I couldn’t see. I had to slow down and look to the side to avoid the light. It scared me. I think in the busyness of life – in the materialism and wealth – and the many commitments and recreational interests – we are blinded from seeing what is important. Bartimaeus’ blindness allowed him to reflect and ‘see’ the Messiah and receive eyes-of-faith. I too need to see Jesus and put my faith in Him daily!

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