Blind Man and Jesus (Part III): Seek to Know the Truth
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What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him.
This is really amazing - God is asking you what he can do for you.
Bartimaeus could have asked for money, for home. But Bartimaeus said "I want to see." We should have the desire to see the truth.
What are we really longing for? It should be this: to see God, the way.
So what is the truth of God? Every person thinks they know the truth - but what Bible is teaching us is the eternal truth - the truth of the love of God, understanding and receiving his love.
This should be our number one prayer topic all the time, that we can receive his love.
Our desire should be for the truth. We try to find truth and love in every other place, but we find it is not satisfactory.
We are longing to come back to his pure love, to see and know the truth.
Bartimaeus' spiritual level was extremely high. He could have asked for so many things he legitimately did not have. But he wanted to see, and his eyes were opened at that moment.
"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
His life was in pitch darkness. He found Jesus. He found the purpose of living, in Jesus.
In the path of faith, suddenly our eyes open, and our continuous prayer should be to see him more and more deeply, to know his love more deeply. This is a request he won't pass by, but he will stop. Cry out to the Lord, pray consistently, and salvation will come. Our eyes will be opened, and we will meet God.
The beggar is shining because of the quality of his heart.
He is shouting for mercy. God said that it is this kind of people who will surely receive the mercy of God.
Like this beggar who is always poor in spirit, when we receive the sight, we see the truth, and heaven opens to us.
Even though we may feel really small and shabby and shameful, with many wrong perspectives towards ourselves, but it is by praying to God, crying out to him - our Father, that our identity as his children is revealed.
God is not ashamed to call this beggar his child. We want to cry out to God more and more, no matter how many people are trying to pull us back to old life.
Our prayer should be like this: "I will be like this beggar and cry out to Jesus all the more loudly so that the boundary can be broken."
How comforting it is when we hear his voice, "Come". It is worth it, after all the persecution.
He is comforting us, "Come".