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Jesus -- the Messiah #22

Read Mark 10:35-52


The Request of James and John

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.


vv. 10:37, 41-44 – Once again Jesus tries to teach His disciples about the attitude of self-
sacrificing service that is needed in God’s struggle for righteousness.  

vv. 10:38, 45 – Jesus leads by example.  He is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice on the
cross in Jerusalem.  From His baptism, Jesus knew that the battle against Satan’s powers would be long and fierce.  He asked the brothers James and John, and He asks us:  “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

Jesus was preparing to give His life in order to set all humankind free from the hold of Satan in time and in eternity.

vv. 10:51-52 – Even when Jesus was facing the great and ultimate confrontation of His
life, He had time to focus on the practical need of a blind man who called to Him for help.

What do you think about Jesus’ attitude of self-sacrificing service?  

What does that tell us about the nature of God?

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