Seeing Through Eyes of Faith

Seeing Through Eyes of Faith

Mark 10:46-52

I took the shell off my racing snail thinking it would make
him go faster, if anything it made him more sluggish.

This morning we are going to look at one more example
of Jesus healing someone because of their faith.
We have already seen the far-reaching faith of the
Centurion who wanted Jesus to heal his servant who was
paralyzed. He believed that Jesus could heal his servant
with the sound of His voice. He understood the power of
Jesus and had faith that He would do it.

We saw the woman with the issue of bleeding who
had more than just a fringe of faith. She believed that
if she touched Jesus’ garment she would be cured of her
ailment. Jesus told her her faith had made her well.

This morning we will read of Jesus restoring the sight of a
blind man named Bartimaeus. Even though he couldn’t
see, he had Eyes of Faith, believing that Jesus had the
power to heal him.

Turn to Mark 10:46-52

Remember from the earlier part of our Faith series –
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction
of things not seen.
Faith is believing in what we can’t see because we
believe the One who sees everything!

The scene is the outskirts of Jericho.
This was a good spot for the beggars to sit because there
was a lot of traffic.

Bartimaeus Hears Jesus

Those who have lost one of their senses are more keen
with their other senses. So, even though he couldn’t see
who was coming by, Bartimaeus heard the commotion.
Jesus was travelling with His disciples and a large crowd.
When Bartimaeus heard them he inquired who was
passing by. They told him it was Jesus of Nazareth.
He couldn’t see Him, but he heard Him and took action to
get His attention.

Bartimaeus Calls out to Jesus

Bartimaeus doesn’t address Him as Jesus of Nazareth, he
calls Him Son of David and asks for mercy.

This is interesting, because Bartimaeus probably didn’t
have any idea about the messianic reference he was
speaking. He probably had heard that Jesus had done
some miracles and he was asking for his chance to be
healed.

He’s seeking mercy from the One who has the power to
restore sight to the blind. He didn’t know it, but he was
speaking the truth. He was calling out to the Messiah who
had been promised by God.
And Jesus didn’t reject the title or rebuke him for saying
it.

The OT prophet Isaiah wrote about Christ coming to;
Release the captives,
Restore sight to the blind,
Set free the oppressed.

And there He was in the flesh, the Son of David just a
few feet away from blind Bartimaeus.

The crowd didn’t really want Bartimaeus crying out to
Jesus for mercy. They tried to quiet him down, but he
called out even louder. Son of David, have mercy on me!

Earlier in Mark 10 we read of the children trying to come
to Jesus, they tried to keep them away too!
But Jesus says, let the children come to Me!

Here Jesus tells the disciples and the crowd:
Call him here. Jesus wants Bartimaeus there so He can
ask him what he wants from Him.

Notice the shift in how they speak to Bartimaeus
Before they were telling him hush, be quiet, stop yelling.

Now they are telling him “Take courage, stand up! He is
calling for you.”

Bartimaeus Responds to Jesus

As soon as he hears that Jesus has called for him, he:
Throws his cloak aside,
Jumps up,
Came to Jesus.

Jesus asks him what he wants from Him.
Bartimaeus calls Him Rabboni and asks for his sight back.

This word Rabboni is only used two times in the NT.
Once by Mary and here by Bartimaeus.
It can be translated master or teacher, but it definitely
implies a level of respect and reverence.

Bartimaeus had faith in Jesus.

Even though his eyes couldn’t see, he believed that Jesus
could restore his sight. Jesus wanted him to ask for it.
That is the unique thing about prayer. God already knows
what we need and what we want, but He simply wants us
to talk to Him and ask Him for what we need.

Jesus told Bartimaeus that his faith had healed him.
Remember, only Jesus knows our heart.
He alone knows if we truly believe or if we are giving Him
lip service.

If Bartimaeus didn’t truly believe that Jesus could restore
his sight, do you think his name or this story would even
have been included in the Bible?
As Paul would say, by all means NO!

3 Truths about Faith

FAITH IS:
Based on His Initiative
If we don’t look carefully at this story, we could be
confused and think that Bartimaeus called out to Jesus
and Jesus responded to Him and healed him.
The truth of the matter is that no one comes to God
except those He draws to Himself.
John 6:44 says,

“No one can come to Me unless the
Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him
up on the last day.”

Without God’s initiative no one would be saved. He draws
us to Himself so He can save us.

FAITH IS:
Because of His Work
Second, God does all the heaving lifting in regards to our
salvation. We are saved by grace through faith. It’s not
by works, so that we can’t boast. It’s all about the
completed work of Christ on the Cross at Calvary.
He took our punishment for sin. He died the death that
we deserved. And He rose from the grave on the 3rd day.

Not us. We simply confess Him as Lord and believe that
God raised Him from the dead and we are saved. The
work was all His.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the
cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at
the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

FAITH IS:
Believing in His Power
Each of the last 3 people we studied had faith that God
could do the impossible.
The woman with blood trusted that He could heal her
when no man was able to.
The Centurion believed that Jesus could heal his servant
without even seeing or going to where he was.
Bartimaeus had faith that Jesus could bring back his sight
because he believed in His power.

Matthew 21:21-22 “And Jesus answered and said
to them, ‘Truly I say to you, it you have faith and
do not doubt, you will not only do what was done
to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain,
‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.
‘And all these things you ask in prayer, believing,
you will receive.’”

These verses are often taken out of context.
They are quoted so support someone getting whatever
they wish from God.
But if your prayers aren’t answered they tell you that you
didn’t truly believe, or have enough faith.
The problem is that God doesn’t just give us a blank
check to pray for whatever we wish for or want in life and
tell us to just have faith that He will grant us every wish
we make.

I John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence which we
have before Him, that, if we ask anything according
to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He
hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we
have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

Key words, according to His will. If we ask according to
His will we will receive it and we know He will answer
them, but we have to ask according to His will not ours.

But, when we believe in Him and His power and pray
according to His will, He will act and do mighty things
that we couldn’t even think of or even imagine.

What a mighty God we serve!