Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!” Many scolded him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, show me mercy!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him forward.” They called the blind man, “Be encouraged! Get up! He’s calling you.” Throwing his coat to the side, he jumped up and came to Jesus. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Teacher, I want to see.” Jesus said, “Go, your faith has healed you.” At once he was able to see, and he began to follow Jesus on the way. (Mark 10:46-52, CEB)
What would you say if Jesus asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Interesting the man who is blind is Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son. That is actually what Bartimaeus means. Bar means son of. So Bartimaeus is literally Timaeus’ son. Seems a little redundant and I wonder what the man’s first name is. Because Bartimaeus would have been his last name. Like Jesus would have been Jesus Barjoseph. Interesting when we get to the story of the crucifixion and the crowd says give us Barabbas. Bar – son of, abba – father…
But what would you do if Jesus asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?”
We would probably do what Bartimaeus did and focus on what we think we lack. For him it was sight. But what would it be for you? I honestly am not sure what I would ask Jesus to do for me.
Jesus has already done so much for me, I would want him to heal someone else.
That is what I try to do by telling others about Jesus. Share his love. Heal the masses.
Loving People. Loving God.