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!
We used to sing about “We three kings of Ori ‘n’ Tar” traveling far to see Jesus. Where did we get the idea that these guys were kings? The only king on the scene there was the Baby! Even Herod was a wannabe, not recognized by the Jews as their legitimate king.
Jesus as King is arguably the main theme of the gospel of Matthew. Interestingly, however, the only ones in this book who refer to Him by that title are Gentiles: the magi at His birth, and Pontius Pilate at His death, who was responsible for the sign on the cross, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.” (Matthew 27:37)
But another title used in Matthew carries the same meaning: “Son of David.” The legitimate and promised successor to the throne of Israel’s most beloved king centuries before. Who used this title for Jesus?
Matthew, the author (1:1)
Two pairs of blind men, presumably Jewish (9:27 & 20:30-31).
A Canaanite woman seeking help for her demonized daughter (15:22)
Triumphant crowds cheering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem a week before He was crucified (29:9)
The general population wasn’t so sure. “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.” (John 1:10-11)
I wonder—if I had been alive in that day, how would I have received the King? More importantly, is He truly King of every area of my life today? What areas have I usurped?