The Gospel Of The Kingdom – Now I See

By Pastor Juliana T Akinbami


The healing of Bartimaeus, as recorded in Mark 10:46-52, is a significant event that illustrates various aspects of Jesus’ mission and authority. Let’s explore the scriptural context and the implications of this miracle:

Mark 10: 46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.
Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man said to Him, [a]“Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

1. The Setting: Jericho, a city of darkness

Mark 10: 46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 

The setting of Jericho, a city of darkness, plays a crucial role in the story of Blind Bartimaeus’ healing and the power of faith. Jericho was a city known for its spiritual darkness, with a reputation for sin and corruption. Many felt lost and without hope, much like Blind Bartimaeus himself. However, it is in this very city that Bartimaeus’ story takes place, highlighting the transformative power of faith even in the darkest of places.

In Jericho, Blind Bartimaeus sat by the roadside, begging for mercy and healing. He was physically blind, but his spiritual eyes were open to the possibility of redemption and healing. Despite the darkness that surrounded him, Bartimaeus held onto a flicker of hope that one day, he would receive the healing he so desperately needed. For anyone in need of healing, his unwavering faith in the face of despair serves as a powerful example that even in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of light waiting to shine through.

The city of Jericho symbolizes the challenges and struggles that we all face in our lives. It represents the darkness of sin, doubt, and despair that can cloud our vision and prevent us from seeing the light. However, just as Bartimaeus’ faith led to his miraculous healing, so too can our faith in God’s power and love bring about transformation and healing in our own lives. Jericho serves as a reminder that no matter how dark our circumstances may seem, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.

The city of Jericho may be a place of darkness, but it is also a place where the light of God’s love shines brightest.


Lord, in my personal “Jericho,” a place shadowed by challenges, shine Your light of hope and guidance.

Father, as I navigate through the darkness of sin and doubt in my life, grant me faith like Bartimaeus so that I may see Your redeeming love.

God, in moments of despair, remind me that Your power to heal and transform is ever-present, even in the darkest of times.

Lord, just like Bartimaeus, I ask for Your mercy and healing in areas of my life where I feel lost and without hope.

Heavenly Father, open my spiritual eyes to recognize the glimmer of hope and the possibility of a brighter future despite the surrounding darkness.

Almighty God, help me to cling to the unwavering belief that no circumstance is too dark for Your light to penetrate and bring change.

In my struggles and trials, Lord, let me be a testimony of Your love, shining brightly in the darkest of places.
Father, guide me to trust in Your promise of a brighter tomorrow, holding onto hope as I journey through my personal Jericho.

Jesus, in my life’s Jericho, may I embody the spirit of Bartimaeus, fervently believing in Your transformative and healing power.

Father, please help me to keep faith alive in my heart, as I seek Your light in every shadowed area of my life. Amen.

2. Background of Blind Bartimaeus  

He is introduced as a blind beggar, sitting by the roadside. His condition represents the physical and social limitations of the time. Blindness was often seen as a sign of sin or divine disfavour, and beggars were marginalized in society.

To fully grasp the impact of Blind Bartimaeus’ miraculous healing, we must understand his life’s context. Living in Jericho during Jesus’ time, Bartimaeus was a blind beggar, familiar to many as one who had never seen since birth, depending on others’ kindness for his livelihood. This detail is crucial: Bartimaeus had never experienced vision. It’s akin to those who haven’t felt love yet believe it’s attainable, or those without a history of homeownership in their family, yet hold onto the faith of one day owning a home.

Bartimaeus’ story resonates deeply with anyone who has endured long-standing challenges. It’s a beacon of hope, symbolizing that transformative change is within reach. Bartimaeus himself, despite his blindness, clung to a steadfast faith in God’s healing power, knowing that regaining his sight would alter his life profoundly.

Bartimaeus’ story is a powerful testament to the resilience and unwavering faith of those who are in need of healing. Despite his physical limitations, Bartimaeus never lost hope that one day he would receive his sight. His persistence and determination to seek out Jesus, even when others tried to silence him, speaks volumes about his unwavering faith in the healing power of God.

The healing of Blind Bartimaeus exemplifies the transformative power of faith and the compassion of Jesus towards those in need. Through his miraculous healing, Bartimaeus not only regained his physical sight but also experienced a spiritual transformation that brought him closer to God. His story serves as a reminder to all that no matter how hopeless a situation may seem, with faith and perseverance, miracles can happen.

If you are struggling with physical or emotional ailments, this story teaches us that healing is not just about restoring the body but also about renewing the spirit. By trusting in God’s plan and remaining steadfast in our faith, we, too, can experience the transformative power of healing in our own lives.


 Lord, in my physical and emotional ailments, I seek Your miraculous healing, (mention the areas).
Heavenly Father, help me to overcome societal and personal limitations.
 God, remove any stigma or sense of disfavour in my life and replace it with Your grace and compassion.

 Let my faith be unwavering, even when my circumstances seem hopeless and beyond repair.

Lord, in my moments of need and despair, I ask for the courage and persistence to seek Your presence, trusting in Your healing power.

Almighty God, teach me to rely not just on the kindness of others, but primarily on Your providence and care.

Jesus, in my quest for healing, both physical and spiritual, remind me that my perseverance in faith can lead to miraculous changes so that I do not give up.

Holy Spirit, renew my spirit and guide me through my challenges so I may experience a transformation in my relationship with God.

 God, grant me the grace to understand that healing is not only a restoration of the body but a renewal of the soul, guiding me closer to You. Amen.

3. The Encounter with Jesus – The Cry for Mercy

Mark 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

We delve into the powerful moment when Bartimaeus, cries out for help from Jesus. This cry for help is not just a physical plea for healing, but a profound spiritual surrender to God’s will. It serves as a reminder to all of us in need of healing that we must humble ourselves before the Lord and seek His mercy and grace.
Bartimaeus’ cry for help is an example of faith in action. Despite his physical blindness, he could see with spiritual eyes the power and authority of Jesus. This is a critical part of this story. His spiritual eyes could see the power and authority if Jesus. He believed in the healing touch of the Son of God and was willing to cry out in desperation to receive it. Temitope 
can you see the power and authority of Jesus over your pressing situation?

We must trust in the Lord’s unfailing love and boldly ask for His intervention in our lives. Don’t ask passively, cry out like Bartimeus did. He was in a state of desperation and knew this was an opportunity he could not afford to miss. Even as you are engaging this prayer, watch cry out to the Lord for mercy on that longstanding matter, do not be weary.


Heavenly Father, grant me the humility to fully surrender to Your will, recognizing Your supreme authority in my life.

Lord Jesus, open my spiritual eyes to see Your power and authority, especially in areas where I face long-standing challenges.

God, as Bartimaeus cried out for mercy, help me to also voice my needs to You with earnestness and faith.

Strengthen my faith, O Lord, so I may believe in Your healing touch and transformative power in all aspects of my life.

Teach me, Father, to cry out to You not passively, but with the urgency and desperation that reflects my total reliance on You.

In my struggles, let me be reminded of Bartimaeus’ example, boldly seeking Your intervention and believing in Your miraculous capabilities.

Empower me, Lord, to trust in Your unfailing love, knowing that You hear and respond to my earnest pleas for help.

As I engage in prayer, fill my heart with the courage and conviction to cry out for Your mercy on the longstanding issues I face.

Lord, in my moments of desperation, remind me that each cry for help is an opportunity to witness Your grace and mercy in action.

Jesus, through my prayers, let me experience the same profound spiritual transformation that Bartimaeus did, drawing me closer to You. Amen.

4. “Son of David”

Mark 10: 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

The title “Son of David” used by Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52 carries deep significance, both in the immediate context of the story and in the broader scope of biblical theology.

Messianic Title: “Son of David” is a messianic title, rooted in Old Testament prophecy. It refers to the promise made to King David that his throne would be established forever (2 Samuel 7:12-16). This promise was understood in Jewish tradition to mean that the Messiah, the anointed one who would deliver Israel, would come from the lineage of David. By calling Jesus the “Son of David,” Bartimaeus is acknowledging Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah.

Recognition of Jesus’ Identity: Bartimaeus’ use of this title is a significant act of faith and recognition. Despite being blind, he sees what many with physical sight do not — that Jesus is the promised Messiah. This is in contrast to the religious leaders of the time, who often failed to recognize Jesus’ messianic identity despite the signs and teachings he provided.

Expression of Hope and Expectation: In the first-century Jewish context, the Messiah was expected to restore the kingdom to Israel and bring salvation. By calling Jesus the “Son of David,” Bartimaeus is expressing his hope and expectation for salvation, not only in the physical sense of regaining his sight but also in the broader spiritual sense of the redemptive work the Messiah was prophesied to accomplish.

Fulfillment of Prophecy: This title links Jesus’ ministry to the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, an important theme in the Gospel of Mark and other Gospels. It demonstrates that Jesus is the fulfillment of the hopes and promises of the Scriptures.

Personal Faith and Transformation: Bartimaeus’s story is also a personal one of faith and transformation. His calling out to Jesus as the “Son of David” and his subsequent healing are testaments to the power of faith in Jesus as the Messiah. They show that recognizing and accepting Jesus’ true identity leads to spiritual and physical transformation.

Let’s call on the Son of David, the Messiah.


Jesus, Son of David, I recognize You as the promised Messiah, fulfilling the ancient prophecies and establishing Your eternal kingdom.

Jesus, I acknowledge Your rightful place as the anointed One, come to deliver and redeem us.

Lord, grant me spiritual insight so that I can recognize You as the Messiah in every area of my life.

Jesus, my Messiah, I place my hope and expectations in You, believing in Your power to bring salvation and restoration.

Son of David, as You fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, fulfill Your promises in my life and in the lives of every watcher.

As I call You, Son of David, I express my faith in Your transformative power, both spiritually and physically.

Jesus, my Messiah, let my faith in You be as profound as Bartimaeus’s, leading to personal transformation and a deeper relationship with You.

Son of David, help me understand the depth of Your redemptive work and teach me to live in light of this truth.

As Bartimaeus called out to You in faith, I cry out to You “Son of David, have mercy on me.

I believe, that through my faith in You, I will witness the miracles and wonders that come from recognizing You as my Savior and King. Amen.

(Now, speak concerning the areas that you need transformation)

5. The Crowd’s Reaction:

Mark 10: 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
In the bustling streets of Jericho, amidst the throng that surrounded Jesus, there was Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, often overlooked and marginalized. His life, a mere shadow at the fringes of society, was about to intersect with the Light of the world. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, hope ignited within him, a flame that no societal disregard could extinguish. He began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

The crowd’s reaction to Bartimaeus’ desperate pleas was swift and dismissive. They rebuked him, urging him to be silent. This reaction mirrored the prevailing societal attitudes—the marginalized, like Bartimaeus, were meant to be unseen and unheard; their pleas drowned in the sea of societal indifference. The blind man’s plight was a discomfort they preferred to ignore, a stark reminder of the imperfections they wished to gloss over in their bustling lives.

However, Bartimaeus was undeterred. Each rebuke from the crowd only strengthened his resolve. His voice rose above the murmur of the multitude, a clarion call of faith amidst the noise of neglect. In his persistent cries for mercy, Bartimaeus embodied an unyielding spirit, his faith unshaken by the weight of societal rejection.

In this cacophony of voices, one voice – compassionate and authoritative – cut through. Jesus stopped and called for Bartimaeus. In that moment, the narrative shifted. The crowd’s tone changed, their rebukes turning to encouragement as they told Bartimaeus that Jesus was calling him. This turn of events was a vivid portrayal of Jesus’ mission to challenge societal norms, to bring hope to the hopeless, and to uplift the downtrodden. Jesus, unlike the crowd, saw Bartimaeus not as a nuisance but as a person of worth, deserving of attention and compassion.

As Bartimaeus made his way to Jesus, it became clear that this was more than just a physical journey. It was a journey from the margins to the center, from darkness to light, from neglect to acknowledgment. The blind man’s faith had set him on a path of transformation, a path that would lead not only to the restoration of physical sight but to a profound spiritual awakening.

This narrative reflects a familiar scenario in our present-day lives. How often have you found your voice stifled when you stepped out in faith, believing in what seems impossible? Like the crowd in Bartimaeus’ story, sometimes even those closest to us can dampen our spirits, questioning our hope and faith. “Why bother God with this?” they might say, implying that the situation is beyond redemption. Yet, no one has the authority to limit the extent of your faith in God, no matter how longstanding the issue may be. Despite being blind from birth, Bartimaeus did not let the crowd’s noise drown out his cries for help.

Interestingly, those very people who doubted often become witnesses to God’s miraculous works in our lives.

Bartimaeus, in his blindness, perceived what those with sight around him could not – he recognized Jesus as the Messiah, a source of hope in his bleak world. This serves as a reminder that in God’s Kingdom, every person is seen, heard, and valued, irrespective of their social standing.


Lord, empower me to rise above the dismissive voices of the crowd, holding firm in my faith amidst societal indifference.

Heavenly Father, strengthen my resolve to call out to You for mercy and help in the face of rejection and discouragement.

God, grant me the courage to persist in my pleas to You, even when others urge me to remain silent or give up hope.

Jesus, help me to hear Your voice clearly, cutting through the noise of doubt and negativity that surrounds me.

Lord, in moments of despair, remind me that You see and value me, even when I feel overlooked by the world.

Heavenly Father, guide me from the margins of neglect to the center of Your love and attention, just as You did for Bartimaeus.

God, let my faith be a beacon that shines brightly, unwavering in the face of societal rejection or misunderstanding.

Jesus, teach me to transform the rebukes of the crowd into stepping stones that lead me closer to You and Your healing touch.

Lord, in my journey towards You, turn the discouragement of others into encouragement, reflecting the transformative power of Your love.

Father, as I navigate the bustling streets of my life, keep my spirit attuned to Your call, undeterred by the distractions and dismissals of those around me.

In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

To be continued…

Bartimaeus’ journey stands as a beacon of hope and faith. His cry for mercy, rooted in a deep recognition of Jesus as the Messiah, teaches us the importance of persistent faith, even in the face of societal indifference and rejection. Bartimaeus’ transformation from physical blindness to spiritual sight mirrors our own journey of faith, where we are called to move from darkness to light, from misunderstanding to insight, embracing Jesus’ authority and love in every aspect of our lives.

Let this study serve as a reminder that in every challenge we face, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, we can turn to Jesus, the healer, the redeemer, and the light in our darkest moments.

Next week, we will look at Jesus’ response to Blind Bartimaeus, the healing he received and the lessons we can learn as we also see healing in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. 

To complete this weekend’s Watch, we will share communion together. Join us on YouTube and Instagram. If you cannot join the live the recordings will be on the platforms.

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