In order to keep moving through the gospel of Mark, we are going to look at that tonight. We haven’t done this before but we will probably do this in the next six months as we go through 2011 because I have as a goal to finish the gospel of Mark in the summer, early summer, I hope, and that will be to finish the entire New Testament that we’ve been working on for over 40 years. So that will be...that will be a monumental day.
And by the way, it might be of interest to you that our friend Ian Murray, the...really the premier biographer has written so many wonderful biographies, has chosen to write a little bit more about the history of Grace Church and that should be released in the summer about the time we finish. So it might be a fitting exclamation point, or question mark at the end. We’ll see how that works out. So we’ll move in that direction.
Mark chapter 10 and the last section in that chapter, the final paragraph, verses 46 through 52. “Then they came to Jericho and as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples in a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on Me.” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more. Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man saying to him, ‘Take courage, stand up, He is calling for you.’ Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to him, ‘Rabboni, I want to regain my sight.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Go, your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.’”...