Good morning! Today we are finishing up chapter ten of Mark, verses 46 through 52. As Jesus and his disciples were coming out of Jericho, a man by the name of Bartimaeus , son of Timaeus, sat by the side of the highway, begging because he was blind. When he understood that it was Jesus of Nazareth passing by, he began to call out to him. Others tried to get him to be quiet, but he persisted: Jesus, thou son of David have mercy on me! he cried.
Jesus stopped and spoke to the man. What would you have me to do? he asked. Bartimaeus asked to receive sight.
52. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight,, and followed Jesus in the way.
Immediately Bartimaeus received his sight! Not hours, or days, or weeks after, but immediately. Because of his faith, and asking, he was rewarded with what he wanted most: to be able to see. And afterwards, did he go back about his day as if nothing spectacular happened? No. He followed Jesus in the way. He lived his life as a follower of Christ.