“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Jesus an His disciples pass through Jericho on their way to Jerusalem. On the outskirts of the town, a blind man named Bartimaeus is sitting begging. When he hears that Jesus is passing by, he calls out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The crowds try to hush Bartimaeus, but Jesus stops and calls him over. Jesus asks him what he wants. “I want to see” is the reply. Jesus tells Bartimaeus that his faith has healed him. Bartimaeus receives his sight and follows Jesus.
We instinctively feel that god’s grace is in short supply and must be rationed out. The crowd thinks Jesus doesn’t have time, power or the desire to heal a mere beggar. We often put restrictions on grace in the same way, expecting that only certain people will be healed (and then only by the mighty anointed man of God) or that salvation is only available to some classes of people.
The grace of Jesus is bigger than our puny limitations. Jesus heals believers and atheists, thieves and kings.
Bartimaeus had faith in Jesus. Jesus had ample grace for this man’s needs. With Him there is always enough.
Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you,” but here the verb also means “saved.” Bartimaeus was healed by Jesus and also saved by Him, and he went on to follow Jesus along the road.
Saving faith, healing faith. Both require a trust in the power and the goodness of God.
Lord you are the God who saves and the God who heals. May every part of my life be transformed by your touch. Amen.