After Jesus restored Bartimaeus’ sight, he followed Jesus (and his whole entourage) up the road to Jerusalem. Connecting the dots, this puts Bartimaeus in the very crowd that celebrated Jesus as their coming King with waving palm branches and shouts of “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!”
And how appropriate, because even before he was healed, Bartimaeus had twice addressed Jesus as “Son of David” as he called out to him for healing. This Son of David who had healed him was the coming King and worthy of his highest praise!
How long and far do you suppose Bartimaeus followed Jesus? Did he witness Jesus throwing the merchants out of the Temple? Did he listen to Jesus’ wise answers to the religious leaders bent on trapping him? Did he watch Jesus being crucified and did he see Him after he was raised to life? Do you suppose Bartimaeus was one of the first 120 believers who gathered in the upper room and then experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit? So many questions to ask Bartimaeus when I see him in heaven…
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!