As Jesus made His last journey to Jerusalem, a blind beggar cries out ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ This man was Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus’ physical blindness is a picture to us of the spiritual blindness all mankind is born with. Bartimaeus’ world was plunged into darkness earlier in his life, just as mankind was plunged into spiritual darkness the day Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Tonight, we focus on the encouraging story of Bartimaeus and the miraculous restoration of his sight. He could not see Jesus as he passed by the road, but he heard him and believed on Him. Similarly, without the grace of God, we won’t see Jesus because we are blinded by sin. But if we are given faith, as Bartimaeus was, and we hear Jesus call us to come to Him, as Bartimaeus did, we should cast away all hindrances, leap up, and run to Jesus for mercy and salvation. We are challenged to answer Jesus’ question, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ as Bartimaeus did: ‘I want to see!’


Greg Hodson

Greg came to Grace Church, Modesto from the UK in 1997. For many of the intervening years, he has functioned as a teaching elder in the fellowship. He is frequently involved in the teaching ministry and also leads the Internet Ministries and the Youth Ministry. Before coming to Grace Church, he was a teaching elder in a small village chapel in the UK for four years. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

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