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Philippians 2:3-5

Jesus, Have Mercy

Sometimes the road was busy. Right now, though, there was a peaceful stillness to it. Bartimaeus enjoyed these moments, even though he knew he needed people to walk by so that he could ask them for help. As a blind man, he had no way of making a living. He relied solely on the mercy of others. It was humiliating. So many people just ignored him or walked by the other side of the street. It was like he didn’t even exist.

Suddenly, he heard the rumble of people heading his way. Something was happening. Usually people passed by in groups of twos or threes, but this… this sounded like a lot more than that. He strained his ears to listen.

He couldn’t make out much, but he heard the name “Jesus of Nazareth.” And that was enough. Even he, the lonely blind beggar, had heard about this great man. Jesus worked miracles, there was no doubt about it. People who were once demon-possessed were now free. Those who were gravely ill brought back to life. And if rumor be true, this Jesus had opened the ears of a deaf man, empowering him to hear for the first time. Could Jesus heal him? Absolutely. But would he?

As the crowd drew near, Bartimaeus did the only thing he knew to do: beg for mercy. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He didn’t know where Jesus was at in the crowd, so he kept shouting. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Sshhh!” he heard in response. “Be quiet!” people in the crowd shouted at him. But he wasn’t about to lose his chance. He shouted even louder. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The crowd grew still. What was happening? And then he heard someone say, “Come on, he’s calling you.”

Jesus must have heard him. And he had stopped! Bartimaeus tossed his coat aside, jumped up, and started meandering through the crowd, relying on them to point him in the right direction. When they pulled him to a stop, he heard a voice ask him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Oh, if Jesus only knew how much he wanted this. It was his deepest desire. How long he had imagined what his life might be like if only he could see… Did he dare ask him?

“My Rabbi, I want to see!”

And just like that, he could see. And there was now only one thing he wanted to do: follow Jesus. He left his things alongside the road and stuck as close as he could to the man who had just radically changed his life.

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