New Eyes for New Life
Jesus can declare his glory through our worst liabilities and limitations.
Please turn in your Bibles to Mark 10:46-52, which we identify as the account of a young man who was blind named Bartimaeus. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem for the last time. There is very little time to make clear who he is, the nature of his calling. And in the book of Mark there is a crush of events as the Gospel writer is making clear in short words who Jesus really is. He's the Son of David. He is the long-expected Davidic King. He is the Messiah. And so Mark will show us how Jesus fulfills prophecy. He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey. He fulfills all righteousness. He proclaims the law and lives according to it. He heals the sick and gives sight to the blind. But he doesn't meet the expectations that people have about how he will bring salvation. And so Jesus uses a blind man to help other people see what he's really about.
Here's Mark 10:46-52:
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. 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!" And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart. Get up; he is calling you." And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 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." 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.
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Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois.