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2008.08.12 (12:55:47)
Sermon Date:  Jul 27, 2008 
Speaker Name:  Rev. Billy Chung 
Scripture:  Mark 10:46-52 
Passage:  46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

49Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."

52"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. 

Background

This is the last time Jesus healed someone on His road to Jerusalem to be crucified. It is a story about a blind man named Bartimaeus being healed of his blindness and unbelief. It gives us a picture of someone who persevered in trusting Jesus and who persevered in prayer. Jesus rewarded him for his persistent trust and prayer. After being healed, Bartimaeus followed Jesus.


Jericho.

The miracle happened outside of Jericho. Jericho was a city about 15 miles northeast of Jerusalem.


Bartimaeus

blind – he was the son of Timeus who some people believe was also a blind man

poor beggar

-Blind people in that day often were beggars since they could not work

They would often sit by the side of a busy road and ask people for food and money



Spiritual blindness (We are all spiritually blind.)

Blind to God

Nonbelievers are completely blind.

They can’t see Christ as supremely valuable, and so they won’t receive him as their Treasure and so they are not saved. A work of God is needed in their lives to open their eyes and give them life so they can see and receive Christ as Savior and Lord and Treasure of their lives. That work of God is called new birth.


In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor 4:4


Christians are partially blind.

Nobody sees God the way He truly is.

We don't fully realize how holy He is, how much He hates sin, how much He loves sinners.

We don't realize He is everywhere and always watching us.


The most blind people are the people who don't think they are blind. - Pharisees, Rev 3:14-17

The Pharisees thought they were much better, much holier, and deserved God's blessings more than others, especially more than anyone who wasn't Jewish.

Blind to our sins – Jeremiah 17:9

Self deception is the reason why people sometimes do terrible things.

Self deception causes people to justify their sinful actions as okay. Hitler murdered millions of people, but he thought he had a good reason. He thought he was doing the world a favor by killing the Jews.


Blessed are the poor in heart (low estimation of themselves, who realize their great need for God)


Seeing changes your life

Bart's life was completely changed.

When he was blind, he didn't have much to look forward to.

Blind people lived lives of material poverty, sadness and fear.

People need a purpose in order to truly live.

We experience joy when we use our talents teaching others, or cooking for others or encouraging others.

Bart was a beggar so he didn't really help people too much; he received help from people more than giving help.

However after meeting Jesus and gaining his sight, his life changed. He didn't have to beg anymore. He didn't have to live in fear anymore. He could work to help others.


Stephen wasn't scared when people were throwing rocks at him to kill him.

He didn't try running away.

He was overwhelmed by seeing Jesus.


David wasn't afraid when facing Goliath, the 9 foot giant because he knew God would help him.


Vision signs

deep conviction of personal sin, particularly of the dishonor that unlove and unbelief do to Christ, fastens upon heart and conscience as the Spirit applies the truth. As people think differently, they act differently.


Joy in God rather than joy from possessions, physical pleasures, or prestige

The enjoyment of God is our highest happiness and the only happiness that can satisfy our souls.

To go to heaven to fully enjoy God is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations (conditions) here: better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives or children or the company of any or all earthly friends. These are but shadows but God is the substance. Blessings are the sunbeams but God is like the Sun. These are but streams (of water) but God is the Fountain. These are like drops of water but God is like the Ocean.


Application:

  1. Remember that your situation is not an accident.

Bart was both poor and blind, which was a terrible combination. IT was like a basketball player being short and slow.


His condition represented complete suffering.

God used Bart's situation to draw him to Himself.

If Bart was a rich person with sight, he probably wouldn't have been interested in meeting Jesus.

Your financial situation is not an accident.

Your physical situation is not an accident.

Your family situation is not an accident.

Your relational situation is not an accident.


Emotional pain – John couldn't take the pain of breakup and turned to Christ


  1. Make knowing Christ and obeying Christ the number 1 priority of your life.

Bart wanted to meet Jesus.

He didn't care if people thought he was a fool. He shouted out loud, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” 10:47


He didn't get discouraged when many people told him to be quiet. - Mark 10:48

He was like a bulldog that refused to let go of a toy.

He refused to let Jesus pass him by. He kept shouting Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.


He kept praying.


When Jesus told the people to call him, Bart jumped up on his feet, threw his cloak aside and came to Jesus.

Throwing his cloak aside = throwing away his security

Throwing away his coat was risky.

Blind people typically had a cloak.

They used it as a blanket at night when it was cold.

They also used it to spread on the ground to collect money.


Bart threw his cloak aside.

He was throwing away his security and putting his trust in Jesus.


When Jesus asked him what he wanted, Bart called Rabbi which means teacher and Lord.

He was calling Jesus his master.


  1. Ask God to open your blinded eyes. - Psalm 119:18


4. Honor God after He answers your prayers. - Mark 10:52

Immediately, Jesus healed him and afterwards, Bart followed Jesus as Jesus traveled to Jerusalem.

Bart didn't go get drunk to celebrate his sight. He followed Jesus.


I'm sure he told many people about what Jesus did for him.


Bart was a great model of a Christian

a. He recognized his need

b. Came to Jesus, believing that Jesus would help him

c. honored Jesus after Jesus answered his prayer



A woman was blind but had a loving husband.

Even though she was blind, she was able to get a job.

At first, her husband would ride the bus with her but they decided it would be best if she learned to take the bus and go to work by herself.

She was scared but was able to get on the bus and find her way to work.

One day, as she was getting on the bus, the bus driver said, “you are very fortunate to have such a loving husband.”

What do you mean?

Your husband watches you as you get on the bus and also is waiting for you when you get off the bus.

She realized that her husband had been watching her even though she didn't realize it.


You and I are so blessed.

Our Father never leaves us.

He is always watching us with eyes of love.

He is using our circumstances to help us learn to trust Him and love Him more. Let's not be afraid of the future. Let's love our God.


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