Jesus at Jericho
Matthew xx: 20 to
Mark x: 35 to 52;
Luke xviii: 35, to xix: 28.
was passing through the land of Perea on his way to
Jerusalem. His disciples were with him, and a great
multitude of people, for again the feast of the
Passover was near, and the people from all parts of
the land were going up to Jerusalem to take part in
the feast; and although Jesus had said, over and
over again, that he was to die in Jerusalem, still
many believed that in Jerusalem he would make
himself king and would reign over all the land.
On one day James and John, two of the disciples of
Jesus, who were brothers, the sons of Zebedee, came
to Jesus with their mother. She knelt before Jesus,
and her two sons knelt beside her. Jesus said to
her, "What is it that you would ask of me?"
She said to him, "Lord, grant to me that my two sons
may be allowed to sit beside thy throne, one on the
right hand, the other on thy left, in thy kingdom."
"You do not know what you are asking," answered
Jesus. "Are you able to drink of the cup that I am
about to drink?"
By "the cup" he meant the suffering that he was soon
to endure; but this they did not understand; and
they said to him, "We are able."
He said to them, "My cup indeed you shall drink; but
to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine
to give, but it shall be given to those for whom God
has made it ready."
When the other disciples heard that James and John
had tried to get the promise of the highest places
in the Lord's kingdom, they were very angry against
these two brothers. But Jesus called them to him,
and he said, "You know that the rulers of nations
lord it over them; and their great ones are those
who bear rule. But not so shall it be among you. For
whoever among you would be great, let him serve the
rest. For the Son of man himself did not come to be
served, but to serve others; and to give up his life
that he might save many." Jesus with his disciples
and a great multitude drew nigh to Jericho, which
was at the foot of the mountains, near the head of
the Dead Sea. Just outside the city, at the gate,
was sitting a blind man begging. His name was
Bartimeus, which means "the son of Timeus." This man
heard the noise of a crowd, and he asked what it
meant. They said to him, "Jesus of Nazareth is
passing by." As soon as he heard this he began to
cry out aloud, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on
Many people told him not to make so great a noise,
but he cried all the louder, "Jesus, son of David,
have mercy on me!"
Jesus heard his cry, and stood still, and said,
"Call the man to me!"
Then they came to the blind man and said, "Be of
good cheer; rise up; he calls you!"
The blind man sprung up from the ground and threw
away his garment, and came to Jesus. And Jesus said
to him, "What do you wish me to do to you?"
"Lord, that I might have my sight given to me,"
answered blind Bartimeus.
Then Jesus touched his eyes, and said, "Go your way;
your faith has made you well."
Then immediately sight came to his eyes, and he
followed Jesus, while all the people who saw it gave
thanks to God.
There was another man in Jericho who had heard of
Jesus, and greatly longed to see him. This was a man
named Zaccheus. He was a chief man among the
publicans, the men who gathered the taxes from the
people, and whom all the people hated greatly.
Zaccheus was a rich man, for many of the publicans
made great gains. Wishing to see Jesus, and being
little in size, Zaccheus ran on before the crowd,
and climbed up a sycamore-tree by the road, so that
he might see Jesus as he passed by.
When Jesus came to the tree he stopped, and looked
up, and called Zaccheus by name, saying, "Zaccheus,
make haste and come down, for to-day I must stop in
At this Zaccheus was glad. He came down at once, and
took Jesus into his house. But at this many people
found fault. They said, "He has gone in to lodge
with a man who is a sinner!"
Because he was a publican, they counted him as a
sinner. But Zaccheus stood before the Lord, and
said, "Lord, the half of my goods I give to the
poor; and if I have wrongly taken anything from any
man, I give him four times as much."
And Jesus said, "To-day salvation has come to this
house; for this man also is a son of Abraham. For
the Son of man came to seek and to save that which
Jesus was now drawing nigh to Jerusalem, and all the
people were expecting the kingdom of God to begin at
once, with Jesus as its King. On this account, Jesus
gave to the people "The Parable of the Pounds,"
saying, "A certain nobleman went to a far country,
expecting there to be made a king, and thence to
return to his own land. Before going away he called
ten servants of his, and gave to each one a pound of
money, and said to them, 'Take care of this and
trade with it until I come back.'
"But the people of his own land hated this nobleman,
and sent messengers to the place where he had gone,
to say, 'We are not willing that this man should be
king over us.'
"But in the face of this message from the people,
the nobleman received the crown and the kingdom, and
then went back to his own land. When he had come
home, he called his servants to whom he had given
the pounds, so that he might know how much each had
gained by trading. The first servant came before
him, and said, 'Lord, your pound has made ten pounds
"The king said to him, 'Well done, my good servant;
because you have been found faithful in a very
little, you shall bear rule over ten cities.'
"And the second came, saying, 'Your pound, lord, has
made five pounds.' And his lord said to him, 'You
shall be over five cities.'
"And another came, saying, 'Lord, here is your
pound, which I have kept wrapped up in a napkin; for
I feared you, because you are a harsh master; you
take up what you did not lay down, and you reap what
you did not sow.' He said to the servant, 'Out of
your own mouth I will judge you, you unfaithful
servant. If you knew that I was a harsh master,
taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what
I did not sow, then why did you not put my money
into the bank, so that when I came I should have had
my own money and its gains?' And he said to those
who were standing by, 'Take away from him the pound,
and give it to him that has the ten pounds.'
"They said to him, 'Lord, he hath ten pounds
"But the king said, 'Unto every one who cares for
what he has, more shall be given; but the one who
cares not for it, what he has shall be taken away
"And the king added, 'Those, my enemies, who would
not have me to reign over them; bring them here, and
slay them before me.' "
And after giving this parable Jesus went before his
disciples up the mountains toward Jerusalem.
Blind Bartimeus Bible Story