An Encounter with Christ
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An Encounter with Christ

From Series: More Jars of Clay

Luke 18:35-43  (ID: 2008)

In Luke 18, we learn about Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who sought Christ’s mercy in hope that his sight could be restored. Helpless to rectify his hopeless circumstances, Bartimaeus faced a version of our own spiritual dilemma. Alistair Begg reminds us that, like the beggar, we also need Christ’s divine power to open our spiritually blind eyes. If we bring our sin before Christ and call out to Him for mercy, we too can be saved from sin’s darkness.


Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

35As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.