Offense and healing do not go together
47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
48. Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
49. Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you."
50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51. "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
52. "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Don't keep silent
Blind Bartimaeus cried out as Jesus passed by. If he had kept silent his sight would never have been restored. This is where many stumble when it comes to receiving their healing. They accept that Jesus can heal them and assume - He will if wants to. They see no need for any "action of faith" on their part. They become passive.
Faith seeks God actively
Healing is something that Jesus has already provided for us. - like salvation it is a benefit from God that Jesus has made provision for. We receive it by faith in the same way we receive salvation.
It takes a conscious step of faith to receive salvation. It also takes a conscious step of faith to receive our healing.
Notice the steps Bartimaeus took to receive his healing.
1. He asked what the cause of the multitude was.
- Do you know why healing is possible today? Jesus is the healer and our focus must be on him.
2. He cried out?
Jesus said we should ask and it will be given to us.
Asking involves our will. Receiving requires expectation.
Asking is a prerequisite to receiving. Putting it simply. Although Jesus died for the whole world it's only those who specifically ask for salvation that receive it. The same is true of healing.
3. Jesus asked a blind man a question that seems needless
"What do you want me to do for you?". Rather than be offended Bartimaeus was very specific in his answer `Lord that I may receive my sight` This was faith in action (see verse 42)
Rather than get offended with God because of His 'seeming silence and delay' in answering his cry for healing Bartimaeus reached out to the Lord in faith.
If you are believing God for healing guard your heart against offense. Some still get offended with God today - Matthew 11:6
Put your faith into action today and receive your healing.
Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52