by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Mark 10:46-52

When the Lord Jesus came into this world 2000 years
ago He came for the purpose of going to a place called
Calvary, there to die on the cross for our sins. But
as Jesus made His journey to the cross, along the way,
the Bible says He went about doing good. So, in a
real sense every tour that the Lord Jesus made was a
goodwill tour. As He made His way to the cross to do
the wonderful good of dying on that cross for our
sins, along the way He was helping hurting people.

Now, the Lord Jesus comes on this particular good will
tour to the little city of Jericho. Jericho must have
been indeed a very beautiful place in the days of our
Lord. It was a resort town. It was east of Jerusalem
down toward the Dead Sea. People would go there and
they would spend their vacations. Beautiful palm
trees were there. Rose gardens were everywhere. The
name Jericho means "fragrance" and from the city of
Jericho they manufactured a variety of fragrant
smelling substances. Indeed it was a fragrant day when
the one who is the Rose of Sharon and the one who is
the Lily of the Valley came visiting to the city of

On this occasion the Bible says that Jesus is on the
way out of the city of Jericho and along the highway
there was a blind man known as blind Bartimaeus. When
Jesus was here He healed a variety of diseases. There
were people who were paralyzed and Jesus Christ healed
them. There were people who were lame and could not
walk and Jesus Christ healed them. There were people
who were lepers and Jesus Christ cured them.

Many times the Bible says that Jesus cured people who
were blind, people who could not see. The most
familiar of them all is the one in this Scripture
today. It is the account given to us of the healing
of the blind man, Bartimaeus. There's an old Gospel
song about blind Bartimaeus. "Once and alone, beside

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