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A Moment of Truth

From the August 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Whenever faith and spiritual vision meet, a moment of divine Truth is experienced humanly, and healing occurs. Faith may be small as a mustard seed, vision but a quick glimpse of eternal spiritual facts; but when these two in greater or lesser measure come together, Truth is seen in that moment with irresistible healing effectiveness.

So it was in the Bible when Bartimaeus met Christ Jesus. Bartimaeus of Jericho, his earlier and later history unknown, flashes like a shooting star across a brief seven-verse passage of Mark's Gospel. Yet that short encounter provides a spiritual lesson for all mankind in all time (see Mark 10:46-52).

The world saw Bartimaeus as a poor blind beggar with a pitch on the Jericho to Jerusalem road. But when his moment came, Bartimaeus proved himself rich in faith. With the eye of faith he saw what must be done and did it. Bartimaeus heard a commotion, and someone told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing. So he called out, but not to "Jesus of Nazareth"; he called on Jesus as "Son of David." By this Messianic title he rightly identified Jesus as representing the Christ-power. Jesus sent for him and he came. When Jesus asked what he wanted, Bartimaeus replied without hesitation, "My sight." Then Jesus said, "Thy faith hath made thee whole." And Bartimaeus saw.