Preaching Daily - December 26

Today's Reading...

Go Thy Way When Jesus Healed a Blind Man

Jonathan Spurlock

Background
Jesus, in this passage, is only a few days away from Calvary, where He would die for the sins of the world. He already had spelled this out for His disciples (a few verses before in Mark 10:43-44). Now they’re heading through Jericho, where He performed a miracle for a man who was blind. This is the last time the phrase, “Go thy way” is found in the Gospel by Mark.

Introduction
One of the most severe problems people had during biblical times was blindness. There were few safety nets or assistance programs. So, if one became blind, about all he or she could do was beg and depend on the assistance of others. Several blind people are mentioned in Scripture, especially Bartimaeus, who is featured in this text.
“And they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, saying, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.’ And many charged him that he should hold his peace, but he cried the more a great deal, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me.’ Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. They called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Be of good comfort. Rise. He called you. He, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ The blind man said to Him, ‘Lord, that I might receive my sight.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.’ Immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way” (Mark 10:46-52).

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