"He went down the road with Jesus."
The disciples were confused as Jesus led them toward Jerusalem, and his other followers were afraid. Once again, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and told them what was going to happen to him. He said:
We are now on our way to
Jerusalem where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and
the teachers of the Law of Moses. They will sentence him to death and
hand him over to foreigners, who will make fun of him and spit on him.
They will beat him and kill him. But three days later he will rise to
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, will you do us a favor?"
Jesus asked them what they wanted, and they answered, "When you come into your glory, please let one of us sit at your right side and the other at your left."
Jesus told them, "You don't really know what you're asking! Are you able to drink from the cup that I must soon drink from or be baptized as I must be baptized?"
"Yes, we are!" James and John answered.
Then Jesus replied, "You certainly will drink from the cup from which I must drink. And you will be baptized just as I must! But it isn't for me to say who will sit at my right side and at my left. That is for God to decide."
When the ten other disciples heard this, they were angry with James and John. But Jesus called the disciples together and said:
You know that those foreigners who call themselves kings like to order their people around. And their great leaders have full power over the people they rule. But don't act like them. If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others. And if you want to be first, you must be everyone's slave. The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a slave who will give his life to rescue many people.
Jesus and his disciples went to Jericho. And as they were leaving, they were followed by a large crowd. A blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting beside the road. When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, "Son of David, have pity on me!"
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him over!"
They called out to the blind man and said, "Don't be afraid! Come on! He is calling for you." The man threw off his coat as he jumped up and ran to Jesus.
Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man answered, "Master, I want to see!"
Jesus told him, "You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith."
Right away the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.
Contemporary English Version The Holy Bible (New York , NY: American Bible Society 1995)