by Kevin Rutherford


As Jesus left the city of Jericho he came across blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52).  When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me (Mark 10:47)!”  The crowd Tried to silence this blind man but he cried out even more.  Jesus heard Bartimaeus, called for him, and healed him. Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well (Mark 10:52).”

Those who are spiritually blind are lost.  Those who are lost need to cry out to Jesus for mercy, just as Bartimaeus did.  Though others may seek to silence the one crying out for mercy, sinners must continue to cry out to Jesus for help.  When sinners will go to the inspired Word given to us by Jesus (John 16:13) they will find help for their spiritual blindness.  When sinners obey the Word of God they will find that their spiritual blindness has been cured and they may go their way knowing their faith has made them well.

Crying out to Jesus in the sense of saying a “sinner’s prayer” won’t save anyone.  When we cry out to Jesus for mercy we must be willing to do what He says or we cannot be saved (Hebrews 5:9).  We must obey the truth and that includes baptism (Mark 16:16).  The faith that saves is the faith that obeys (James 2:26).  So many today are crying out to Jesus for mercy but they do not have the obedient faith that is necessary for the receiving of spiritual healing. Don’t cry for mercy if you are not willing to obey the One to whom you cry.