On their way to Jericho, Jesus and his disciples are confronted by a blind beggar who asks for healing. Unlike so many of the unnamed persons Jesus heals in Mark’s gospel, we know the blind beggar’s name, Bartimaeus. He is remembered because he “began to follow Jesus on the way.” Our message, On the Way, will come from Mark 10:46-52.
Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)
46They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.