Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
Summary: When we are in pain, we are able to grow, because we are ready for change–at least for relief from our pain. And in pain we most clearly understand that our only hope, our only permanent asset, is the love and healing of Our Lord.
Summary: Of all the healings Jesus did, the opening of the eyes of blind Bartimaeus is one of the most exciting and one event where we can learn a lesson on how to receive from the Lord answer to our prayers. In this outline we list what he did to receive his sight.
Summary: Can you imagine a mother hearing her baby cry and just ignoring it? No way! A mother will do whatever she can to find out what her baby wants or needs and tend to that need. Can you imagine God knowing that we have a need and ignoring it? Not a chance!
Summary: Sometimes a story is more than a story. It is true with Bartimaeus story. It is our story as humans. IT is our story as seekers. It is our story as followers. It is the story of what Jesus can do in the life of a willing and surrendered person.
Summary: Because we believe that God is sovereign, and because we believe that the risen Christ is living and that the power of the Holy Spirit continues to make all things new, we can affirm that we are being healed again and again.
Summary: Bartimaeus has been born blind. In THOSE earlier times if you were BORN blind, you'll die blind, without the prospect of being cured. The ONLY thing THIS man could do well, was being a beggar. THEN, Jesus walked into his life and changed it forever.
Summary: This message discusses how a blind man was able to challenge the disciples and a crowd of people who were following Jesus, to be more authentic in their faith and love, and to repent of any spiritual blindness.