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Mark 10:46-52 - October 16, 2005 - Pentecost 22

Dear Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:
This morning we are going to look at a miracle that Jesus had performed. It is important to re-mind us of the purpose of Jesusí miracles. Certainly, as Jesus performed miracles, they were very beneficial to the ones who were given healing. The lame could walk, the deaf could hear, and this morning the blind man could see again. The underlining purpose of every miracle of Jesus was to re-veal to the people who were gathered there that, indeed, he was the very Son of God. Jesus was more than just the son of Mary and Joseph. Jesus was more than just a carpenter. Jesus was Godís own Son and had the power to do anything and everything he so desired.
In todayís text when we hear Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, cry out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." Time and again the Lord Jesus did just that, show mercy. It was part of Jesusí ministry to show to the world the power of God through his teaching, preaching, and miracles. The physician Luke writes in the book of Acts: "...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and...he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him" (Acts 10:38). In each miracle we are reminded how God was with Jesus. In each mira-cle we see not only how God was with Jesus, but Jesus was with mankind. In this way Jesus shows his power to us. We always need Godís help. We want to use the words of blind Bartimaeus as our words, our theme this morning:
I. As believers we cry out for help
II. Jesus provides His divine healing


As our text began, we are told: "Then they came to Jericho." Jericho was a city outside and close to Jerusalem. If you read chapter 11 of Mark, you will read about Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Very soon they would enter Jerusalem for the last time for Jesus before he was put to death. Very soon they would come to those high festival of the Passover. Very soon Jesus would face his death on the cross. But then, Jesus also is resurrected. Before Jesusí death and resurrection is Palm Sunday. Our text takes place before Palm Sunday, so what do we see? "As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Ti-maeus), was sitting by the roadside begging." We see that Jesus was still quite popular. He had a large crowd following him. The disciples were with Jesus. They traveled together. We know that by Good Friday that crowd had dwindled down to only a few. But now Jesus was still at the height of his popularity.
They walked by a man called Bartimaeus. We are told he is blind and a beggar. Sadly, at that time those who were blind ended up as beggars. They had no training for the blind for different jobs. So they were relegated to the