"Lord, that I might receive my sight"

How many sufferers sit daily by the wayside, blindly begging an alms of pity and crumbs of comfort from human agencies! While suffering the selfish neglect of a world too busy laying up its treasures on earth, they fail to realize that the Christ is ever present on the highway of life, even though oftentimes hidden from view.

In Mark's Gospel we read how blind Bartimæus, while he sat begging, heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Immediately he began to cry out, "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me." In spite of the opposition he met from those on the outskirts of the crowd, and who in their pride of possession were unwilling that yet another beggar should importune their new-found Saviour, Bartimæus continued to cry out until his voice surmounted the human obstacles which separated him from our Lord, and he was heard of him; insomuch that Jesus stood still and commanded that they call the blind beggar to him. Bartimæus without hesitation "came to Jesus," knowing that he had but to ask and his infirmity would be healed.

What a glorious example of loving faith, preserved through the ages as a guide and comfort to erring manhood! Blind as he was, the beggar had never seen Jesus, had never witnessed the so-called miracles performed by our Lord in the name of divine Love; yet he was willing to believe what he had undoubtedly been told regarding this "Jesus of Nazareth," this "son of David," who went about healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, casting out demons.

The Saving Christ
November 26, 1927

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