We don’t know how long Bartimaeus had been blind, but the fact that he sat by the road begging must have been very humbling. Matthew says he begged with another blind man near the city gates of Jericho. (Since there is no mention of Jesus visiting Jericho before, this may have been his only visit to Jericho.) The minute he heard Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, he forgot about begging for coins. He wanted healing.
He cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!” We don’t know how big, or how loud the crowd was. He knew he had one short moment to capture Jesus’ attention and he wasn’t going to let Jesus slip away. So Bartimaeus shouted loudly. When people nearby told him to be quiet, he shouted louder. This increased his urgency to capture Jesus’ attention before he was gone.
How many times have acquaintances, friends or even family members grown immune to your chronic problems? Maybe they wrote you off as incurable or hopeless. But Bartimaeus knew Jesus brought hope. He wasn’t a mere man from Nazareth, He was the royal son of David, the Messiah, a healer.
When Jesus heard his cries, He summoned him. Jesus asked what he wanted. Bartimaeus asked for his sight. Because of Bartimaeus’ faith, Jesus promptly healed him. At the time, no one knew this would be the last public healing of Jesus earthly ministry.
I don’t know what chronic problem you may suffer with. I don’t know how many people around you may ignore it. But I do know Jesus loves you dearly. He is still full of hope and healing today. Are you willing to honor Him and place your faith in His healing power over all your problems, both medical and non-medical? Ignore the naysayers around you. Cry out to Jesus focusing completely on Him. He hears. He cares. He heals.