May 12. Jesus Restores Sight to Bartimaeus and his Friend

Mt. 20:29-34; Mk. 10:46-52; Lk. 18:35-43

About a week before the Passover, Jesus was passing through Jericho. There were many other people traveling at the same time in order to get to Jerusalem early to purify themselves for the Passover observance.

During the time of Christ, Palestine was a place of extreme poverty. Many sat in the streets and begged for help among a group of people who were also poor.

Two beggars, who were blind learned that Jesus was near and in faith called out to Him, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

Even though the crowd warned them to be quiet, they continued calling out to Jesus. He heard their cries and when they asked for their sight to be restored, He healed them.

These men did not return to their begging. Instead, they followed Jesus. When a person becomes a Christian, he must not return to his old life, but continue to follow Christ.