Desperation of a Blind Man

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What we see in this story is the timing Jesus has come up from the water, and the term “DROVE means to force out
What does it mean to be desperate for something?
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The definition of the word Desperation is this

des•per•a•tion \ˌdes-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

14th century

1: loss of hope and surrender to despair

2: a state of hopelessness leading to rashness

So to be desperate means that you have lost your hope, that means when you look at the future you realize that all is lost. Now I hope by me saying this you dont think I am starting your day off in a negative way, but the whole point of telling you that there is some hope is that I have to tell you that there is no hope.
But in our text today, we are going to see a man who cant see literally he is blind but this blind man sees the HOPE better than those around him who aren't blind
What Bartimaeus lacks in eyesight he makes up for in insight
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What Bartimaeus lacks in eyesight he makes up for in insight
James R. Edwards, The Gospel according to Mark, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos, 2002), 329.Read Passage

46 They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many warned him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; he’s calling for you.” 50 He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Rabboni,”,ah the blind man said to him, “I want to see.”

52 Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has saved you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Jesus on the road.


So what we are seeing here is a man, who has been blind from birth he has never been able to see but apparently he had heard that Jesus was coming down the road and he cries out for him.

Asking For Mercy

Which is an odd statement because to ask for mercy is to ask for someone to forgive you of something. But it seems this man hasn't done anything to hurt Jesus or wronged Him in any way.

The Crowd

Now as he is screaming the crowd is trying to shut him up. This warning for him to be quiet is the same thing as telling him to SHUT UP. Hey bro SHUT IT, Jesus doesn't have time for you.


But look he cries all the more louder it seems, SON OF DAVID HAVE MERCY ON ME.


So they bring Him to Jesus and Jesus heals him. and tells him why His faith has saved him.
So this is a cool story,
But what does this story have to do with us today?
Like the Blind man we are all desperate .
Like the Blind man we have no hope.
So then what do we do?
We recognize our hopelessness
You know why The blind man asked Jesus to have mercy on him? Because he not only recognized his physical hopelessness but also his spiritual hopelessness.
We get desperate for Jesus
When we get desperate for Jesus we ignore the crowds
We call - out to the only source who can heal us.
You know why
We believe in Jesus by faith.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.


So I think I speak for a lot of people in this room, but we need to see students and adults get desperate for God.
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