[SW395] 9/14/2019 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2019
“The Cure For Blindness”
Text: Mark 10:46-52, etc.
There was a time when I had returned to church, but I was spiritually blind. I did not see my heart’s condition. But in His great mercy, the Lord not only showed me my blindness, but gave me the cure for it. And most of today’s believers need the same cure, for they are spiritually blind, just like I was.
I will interweave my testimony with this passage in Mark 10. Eighteen years ago, the Lord healed me of an incurable disease — secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). And two months after He healed my body, He healed me of my spiritual blindness!
The first miracle caused His name to be praised, for through it, He showed the world that nothing is too difficult for Him — not even incurable diseases! The second miracle opened my spiritually blind eyes and healed my heart’s condition, so His name would be praised by me, and by all who see that only the Lord could do such a thing!
May my testimony give you a real-life example of the Lord’s amazing cure for spiritual blindness, and encourage you to diligently seek Him, for He is a rewarder of such ones (Hebrews 11:6)!
Verse 46 —
As Jesus was leaving Jericho, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus was sitting by the road. Beggars often sat by roads or by synagogues or by the gates of the temple, in those days.
I was spiritually blind. I had the sense that something was missing in my life, and I knew it was God. So I returned to church, and sat there, a spiritual beggar.
Blessed are the poor in spirit — those who know their spiritual poverty — for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:13)! Recognizing that I was spiritually poor was the first step toward the cure for my spiritual blindness.
Verse 47 —
As he sat on the roadside, Bartimaeus heard a commotion. Someone was coming!
When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
There is great significance in what Bartimaeus shouted. One of the titles of the Christ is “Son of David.” He called Jesus the Christ. He must have heard of what Jesus was doing and saying. Everyone was talking about Jesus, and what He was doing and saying.
So Bartimaeus realized Jesus was the Christ. And Bartimaeus knew that only Jesus could cure him of his blindness. And he knew that Jesus was merciful (literally, (compassionate with God’s compassion). So, he cried, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
I was sitting in the church pew. But I had come to believe that Jesus is the Christ.
I was still spiritually blind to my heart’s condition, but then my pastor gave a book to the church board. Through that book, and through my pastor’s preaching, I learned that it was possible to know Jesus in a much greater way than the way I knew Him. There was a way to know Him deeply and fully and intimately.
So I cried out, “Lord, I want to know you that way!” But I did not cry out to be healed, because I did not believe that healing is “for today.”
Then I heard He was coming by! My pastor made an announcement from the pulpit in April 2001. He had seen a vision, and in it, I was healed!
So when I heard through the vision that He was coming by, I began to cry out, “Jesus the Christ, have mercy on me!” I knew He was the Christ. And I knew that He was merciful, full of divine compassion.
I knew that only by crying out to Jesus, I would I come to “know Him that way.” And I began to believe He would also heal me of progressive MS. So my pastor encouraged me to cry out to be physically healed, too!
Verse 48 —
When Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,” many sternly told him to be quiet — literally, they began to forbid him and rebuking him, because he was crying out.
But their words just made Bartimaeus cry out all the more, and he kept shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Why? He knew His only hope for being healed of blindness was through Jesus Christ!
When I began to cry out to the Lord because I saw that I could “know Him that way,” I did not tell anyone at my church. And when I heard that He was passing by, and that He wanted to heal my body, I told a few people what I was doing. The reaction shocked me.
Many church members began to forbid me and rebuked me! Some said, “That is not for today,” while others chided my pastor, saying, “You are giving her false hope.” Even the retired pastor’s daughter told me, “Stay away from the new pastor. What he is telling you is not right.”
But I believed the vision, and I was hungry and thirsty to know Him! I was sitting by the road, and He was coming by! So I kept crying out all the more, “Jesus the Christ, have mercy on me!”
I was determined to listen to this pastor who knew something I did not know. When he preached, it was authentic — I knew that he had personally experienced what he was preaching. I wanted to know Jesus that way!
Beloved, if you see through my testimony that it is possible to know Jesus Christ intimately, and if you see that Jesus still physically heals, do not let the church stop you! Keep crying out, no matter how many church leaders, teachers, preachers and members begin to forbid you and rebuke you!
I tell you the truth, the church’s unbelief grieves the Lord greatly, and keeps many from being healed, both physically and spiritually. From denominational leaders to those in the pews, few believe Jesus is who He says He is!
Verse 49 —
When Jesus heard Bartimaeus crying to Him, He stopped and said, “Call him here.” Jesus heard his cry for mercy from the Christ! The crowd then called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”
I tell you, when Jesus hears you calling for Him, He will call you to Him! Someone like my pastor will say He is calling for you.
So take courage! Be bold! Stand up! Arise! Why? He is calling for you! When He heard your cry, He knew you had a mustard seed of faith.
Verse 50 —
The blind man threw away his cloak, which was probably his only possession. He jumped up and came to Jesus.
I am so glad that I threw away everything I thought I knew, in order to come to Jesus to have Him heal my spiritual blindness! Hallelujah!
My heart jumped, and I came to Jesus. My body was stricken severely with secondary progressive MS, so I could not physically jump.
Both feet were paralyzed, both legs were paralyzing, my bladder was paralyzed, my ability to function mentally was severely impaired, and I had irreversible tremors that made my head bob, and I bobbed at the waist when I bent over.
But when He called me to Himself through the vision, I jumped up spiritually, and came to Him!
Verse 51 —
After Bartimaeus jumped up and came to Jesus, the Lord said, “What do you want me to do for you?” What a strange question! Bartimaeus was obviously blind. But the Lord wanted him to ask for exactly what he needed.
But Jesus’ question did not stop Bartimaeus. He said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight.” Literally, He told the Lord, “I want to see!” It was an act of faith, a mustard seed presented to the Lord.
My heart jumped up and came to Jesus. He asked me what I wanted Him to do for me. I said, “O Lord, I want to see! I have been praying for months to know You the way I have learned I can know you!” It was an act of faith.
And I also cried, “O Lord, heal me of this incurable disease!” My pastor asked me to pray to the Lord and tell Him exactly what needed to happen in my body. So I told the Lord, in great detail. It was an act of faith.
On the night that He healed me, Satan flooded me with every doubt imaginable. Jesus said to my heart, “You are sinking in a sea of doubt.” So I cried out to the Lord, with my mustard seed of faith. Satan’s flood could not wash away that little seed, for it had been planted by the Lord!
After I was healed, I continued to cry out, “Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit!” I had learned that the Holy Spirit would give me power to testify about what Jesus Christ had done. And I knew I still did not know Jesus in the way I wanted to know Him.
Verse 52 —
After Bartimaeus told him what he wanted Jesus to do, Jesus said to Bartimaeus, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately Bartimaeus saw, and began following Jesus on the road.
Bartimaeus’ faith had made him well. He could not heal himself, beloved. Only Jesus does that. But he acted upon what he believed —
— He believed Jesus is who He says He is,
— he cried out to Jesus as He was passing by,
— he disregarded the naysayers,
— he came to Jesus when He stopped and said, “Call him here,” and
— he told Jesus exactly what he wanted Him to do.
If Bartimaeus had not believed, he would not have done these acts faith. He would never have come to Jesus to be healed, if he did not believe Jesus was the Christ, and that He was healing people.
In Jesus’ own home town, few came to Him, because they did not believe He is who He says He is (see Mark 6:5)! There were no crowds. They were familiar with Him. He had grown up there. They knew his family. So they did not believe He is who He says He is.
It is true in today’s church — many are familiar with Him, and even know the Word of God, but they do not believe He is who He says He is. So they are not healed of their spiritual blindness. They continue to be blind to their heart’s condition. And they are not physically healed.
The Lord healed me in the middle of the night on September 1, 2001. The Lord filled me with His Spirit on November 1, 2001. My faith could not heal me, nor could it cause me to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
But if I had not I believed Jesus is who He says He is, I would never have cried out to Him. I would never have disregarded the naysayers. I never would have come to Him and told Him what I needed Him to do.
If I had not believed Jesus is who He says He is, I would have been in a nursing home by 2003, as my neurologist at Brigham and Women’s in Boston told me. I would have died of aspiration pneumonia — food going into my lungs because I couldn’t swallow properly.
But even more, if I had not believed that Jesus Christ is who He says He is, and that it is possible to be filled with the Holy Spirit, I would not have kept crying out to the Lord to do it. So, I never would have been healed of my spiritual blindness!
I never would have seen my heart’s poverty-stricken condition. If I had not cried out to know Him, my heart’s condition never would have been healed. I would not have the intimate relationship with Him that I now have. I would not have power to testify of Him.
O, beloved! Many of you are spiritually blind! Many do not see their heart’s condition. Many have not believed Jesus is who He says He is. Many have put limitations on what He can do.
It is not too late to change your ways, beloved! He is passing by right now!
Cry out to Him! Cry out to Jesus the Christ, the One who has great compassion! Believe He is who He says He is! If you cry out, He will answer your cry and call you to Himself.
Then, throw off all you think you know, and jump up and go to Him! He will ask you what you want Him to do. Tell Him you want Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, just as He commands in Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4-5.
Tell Him you know it is the only way to cure your spiritual blindness. He will heal you of it, and change your heart by filling you with His Holy Spirit. It will happen in a moment of time, just as it did for me.
That is the cure for the spiritual blindness from which so many believers suffer! And if you suffer from a disease, do the same! I testify to you that He will do both, if you will believe He is who He says He is, and call out to Him!
O Lord, may believers see that you are passing by right now, may they understand that they are spiritually blind, and may they cry out to you to heal them! Let it be so, I pray. Amen!