Key Passage: John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”
Big Picture Question: Who can heal our bodies? Jesus has the power to heal our bodies.
Christ Connection: Isaiah the prophet said that the Messiah God was going to send would make blind people see. (Isaiah 35:5; 42:7) The Messiah was here! Jesus was the promised Messiah, and He made blind people see. Jesus did a miracle. In the same way, Jesus helps us to see and understand the truth about God so we can be rescued from sin.
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Today’s Bible story takes us to the outskirts of Jericho where a man named Bartimaeus sat by the side of the road begging. You see, Bartimaeus was blind. As Jesus traveled from Jericho, He passed Bartimaeus. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by, he cried out to Him, using a messianic title: “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Socially, Bartimaeus would have been considered unimportant—certainly not important enough for the attention of someone as popular as Jesus. Perhaps Bartimaeus was used to being ignored by passersby, but Jesus stopped and reached out to him. Jesus said to Bartimaeus, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51).
Bartimaeus answered Jesus’ question with a plea of faith: “Teacher, I want to see!” Bartimaeus believed that Jesus could heal him, and Jesus did. Bartimaeus had nothing to offer Jesus. He knew he was needy, and he begged for mercy. Jesus is willing to help those in need.
The prophet Isaiah wrote that the promised Messiah would open the eyes of people who were blind. (Isaiah 35:5; 42:7) He was here! Jesus was the promised Messiah. Even if we are not physically blind, we are sinners. In our need, we can cry out like Bartimaeus, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Sinners can’t see the truth about God until Jesus opens our eyes and saves us.
Family Activity: Read Mark 10:46-52 or invite one of your children to read the passage aloud. Talk about how Jesus showed His power over sickness. Reinforce the big picture question and answer. Lead kids to write short prayers in response to Jesus’ question for Bartimaeus “What do you want Me to do for you?” Kids should pray for people who need Jesus’ healing or who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior.