Sermon Outline On Mark 10:46-52
They 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. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then 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.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
That day long, long ago, outside the city of Jericho there sat a man on the side of the road. He had his cloak spread out in front of him. There he was just as on every other day, sitting there begging for money. The man was blind and to care for himself he begged along side the road.
On this particular day Jesus and his disciples walked by. The man heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth. He shouted, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” The crowd quickly told him to shut up. He shouted louder than ever, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stood still ——- and said, “Call him here.” Did you notice what happened? The crowd who were telling him to keep quiet, all of a sudden are supporting him ‘“ telling him to get up.
Bartimaeus tossed aside his cloak, sprang up, and went to Jesus. Jesus then said words we all long to hear Jesus say, “What do you want me to do for you?”
That question provides an opportunity for Bartimaeus to profess his faith in the healing power of Jesus.
His response — “My teacher, let me see again” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.”
But when Bartimaeus regained his sight — he did not go. He followed Jesus on the way. He followed Jesus all the way to the cross. Bartimaeus — Bartimaeus son of Timaeus. Bartimaeus blind beggar of Jericho.
Have you ever noticed how few times we are given the names of people Jesus has healed? In Mark’s gospel alone:
There is “the boy” with a spirit. Mark 9:14-
There is “a blind man at Bethsaida” 8:22
There is “a deaf man” in the region of the Decapolis.
There is “the daughter of a Syrophoenician Woman”
There were “the sick in Gennesaret”
There is “the daughter” of Jairus” — we know the father’s name but not the name of the daughter who is healed.
There was “the woman” suffering from a hemorrhage for 12 years. We know about the woman — but we are never told her name.
There is the Gerasene Demoniac
the man with a withered hand in the synagogue
A paralytic in Capernaum
Many in Simon’s house
A man with an unclean spirit
This is the only time that Mark gives us a name of someone healed by Jesus.
This is the only time that Mark gives us a name of someone healed by Jesus. Bartimaeus ‘“ I wonder why? — Why, Bartimaeus?
The teacher of a sixth grade Sunday school class was telling her students in as vivid detail as she knew how, of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, how the soldiers carried him away, how Pilate and the people conspired to do Jesus in. A hand went up. “Yes Bradford, what is it now?” “Them disciples, where was they when things got rough for Jesus.” “The disciples? Oh, they were long gone,” she replied. “No the rest of them,” he persisted. “Where were they?
What ever became of all them that he helped, the ones he healed? Now they hand two good legs to walk, two good eyes to see. Where was they when them soldiers come to get Jesus?” “Well, I don’t know, Bradford.” “Yea you do,” the little sinner said softly. “They was just like most folks. They got what they wanted. Now they was gone.”
Why is it we know the name of Bartimaeus? Maybe it has something to do with an expression we use today. ‘He made a name for himself.’ Remember, Mark is writing his gospel 60 – 70 years later. The gospel tells us that Bartimaeus followed Jesus. His life went from begging on the streets to being a disciple.
I can imagine that after Jesus died, Bartimaeus continued to share the good news of a savior. Bartimaeus experienced God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Bartimaeus could not help it. There was nothing to do, but share that good news.
Seventy years after it happened, the name of Bartimaeus was known. Not because he was famous as a rock star, baseball player, or actor. The name of Bartimaeus was known because he remained a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.
He experienced the grace of God and shared the good news. Jesus challenges us. He does not say, “Admire me” or even “Agree with me.” His call is “Follow me.”
Jesus said to Bartimaeus, “What can I do for you?” Bartimaeus response — to become a faithful follower, to give his all to Jesus Christ, to place his transformed life into the hands of its savior.