by Tony Nester

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A Man in the Crowd (3 of 6)
Touched By Jesus
Tony R. Nester
Mark 10:46-52

What would it be like to regain your sight after years
of having been blind? Would you gaze in wonder at the
world all over again? Would forgotten memories come
back to you as you looked at a landmark, or perhaps a
face, that you hadn't seen for years? What would you
want to see first? And would you pay much more
attention to what you see now than you did when you
simply took your sight for granted?

This was the experience of Bartimaeus, the blind
beggar of Jericho whom Jesus touched and healed. He
was one who wouldn't shut up in spite of those around
him who told him to keep quiet. Bartimaeus refused to
be quiet. He had heard that Jesus was coming along
the road and he had sat waiting for the moment to cry
out to him for help: "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy
on me!" "Be quiet," they told him. But he shouted
all the more, : "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on

Jesus stopped right there on the road out of Jericho.
He instructed that Bartimaeus should be brought to
him. Bartimaeus leapt at the chance. And when Jesus
asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?"
Bartimaeus said the words he had been waiting to say,
"Jesus, let me see again."

Mark tells us what happened: {52} Jesus said to him,
"Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he
regained his sight and followed him on the way."

Newsday reported a story of a mother who had lost her
sight for 13 years because of a disease of her cornea.
She regained her sight when her son, Christopher, was
killed in a traffic accident. He had left
instructions to serve as an organ donor, and his
cornea was transplanted into his mother's right eye,
restoring sight to that eye. "Christopher is showing
me the world now," said Sally Sue Colin, who underwent
the transplant in Fort Smith, Ark. (1)What a powerful
moment it must be to regain your sight. ...

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