Summary: In Mark 10, we find the story of blind Bartimaeus who was miraculously healed by Jesus. What lessons can we learn from his example?
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 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!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road” (Mark 10:46-52 NKJV).
I. The blind man called on Jesus.
A. The blind man was a beggar named Bartimaeus who lived in great need.
B. The blind man heard about Jesus.
1. Have you heard about Jesus?
2. When you hear about Jesus you life is going to change.
C. The blind man cried out to Jesus.
1. He called, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
2. Will you cry out to Jesus today?
D. Jesus heard his cry.
1. Jesus stopped when He heard the man’s cry.
2. Jesus has stopped here today because He has heard your cry.
II. The blind man acted in faith.
A. The blind man threw his coat away.
1. The coat labeled him as a beggar.
2. By throwing the coat away, the man demonstrated faith in Jesus.
B. The blind man rose and came to Jesus.
III. The blind man specified his need.
A. Jesus asked him “What do you want me to do for you?”
B. The blind man could have asked for some money or a new coat.
C. The blind man asked for his sight.
IV. The blind man received his miracle.
A. Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.”
B. The man was completely healed.
C. When you put your faith in Jesus, expect a miracle.
V. The healed man followed Jesus
A. The man could have rushed off to see his family or to go sightseeing.
B. The man decided to follow Jesus!
C. Will you decide to follow Jesus today?