As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Many people share how desperately they’d love to have Jesus or one of the Saints appear to them, so that they could see Heaven and any of Its Residents first-hand; to be able to see It all for themselves, so that they could deepen their Faith and have a confirmation that It’s all real. There have been millions of near death experiences (NDE’s) shared from around the world (including mine) where people have crossed-over into Heaven only to return to earth to be able to share their Eyewitness Accounts with the rest of us. But the real question here is the same question that Jesus asks all of us; “what do you want Me to do for you?” Most of us would reply to that question the exact same way that Bartimaeus did; asking Jesus to “be able to see”. And, Jesus’ answer would be the same to us, “Go your way; your Faith has saved you.” Everything always comes down to simply-Believing in Jesus, His Word, and all of the rest. It simply comes down to Faith… We all have the capability to Believe like a Child; we all have the capability to “see” today. So, in a Spirit of Child-like Faith, let’s open our eyes to all that God has planned for each and every one of us since the dawning of this world. For Jesus Promises that we’d all be Blessed when we Believe without physically-seeing It all for ourselves (like He told Thomas and the Apostles in John 20:29); seeing It all first-hand through the Eyes of Jesus.