Bartimaeus Sees The Saviour (Encountering Jesus #1) (Mark 10:46-52)Hilary Williams, 08/04/2018
Part of the Encountering Jesus series, preached at a Pulpit Series service
Mark 10:46-52. Ps Hilary Williams looks at Bartimaeus' meeting with Jesus. While we usually come to Jesus with a false sense of how self-sufficient we are, we see simple honesty in this encounter. Bartimaeus asks for, and receives his sight - but moreover he responds by following the One who alone can open the eyes of our hearts.
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46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. (ESV)