“Your Faith Has Made You Well”
by Melanie Wai
Has there ever been a time when you’ve read passages in the bible over and over, but then you read it again and God shows you something you’ve never noticed before? Well that happened to me this week when I read the story of blind Bartimaeus again after I got home.
If you don’t know the story, Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho and this great crowd was following along with them. Bartimaeus was sitting by the roadside they were traveling down and heard that Jesus was coming by…
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” and Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Here’s verse 52 again…
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Did you catch that? Your faith has made you well. Your faith. Jesus didn’t say be made well, or go, you are healed, or I heal you. He said your faith has made you well! Bartimaeus’ faith was the catalyst for his healing. And it’s not the only time in scripture that Jesus has spoken these words. He said it to the woman with the discharge of blood in Luke chapter 8 and again in Luke, chapter 17 to the leper that came back. Jesus was affirming their faith! Like he was saying, “Yes! It’s about faith!”
We exercise faith when we confidently place our lives, circumstances, and future in the hands of Jesus, regardless of naysayers or roadblocks.
Bartimaeus did not pay attention to those that told him to be quiet, he just shouted out all the more. The woman with the discharge of blood didn’t care about the crowd surrounding Jesus or how hard it was to reach him, she just knew she had to get to the one who could heal her.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” -Heb. 11:1 Faith is confidence that the best place to anchor our hope is in the resume of Jesus!
They wanted a part of Him. They wanted a change. And they were willing to ignore the crowds, risk the ridicule, and reach out to join in on the venture with Jesus.
Because faith goes beyond belief.
Faith steps out and asks.
Are you willing to step forward?
Are you willing to risk with Jesus?
How far does your faith go?
Step out into the venture that is beyond belief!
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