Jericho was the stopping place for travelers going to Jerusalem. It was necessary to rest at Jericho before
entering on the dangerous, rocky, robber-haunted gorge which led from it to Jerusalem, and formed a
rough, almost continuous, ascent for six hours, from 600 feet below to nearly 3,000 feet above sea level.
The Salvation of Blind Bartimaeus (Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43). Bartimaeus
is the poor man with childlike faith, who recognizes Jesus of Nazareth to be the Son of David. The crowd
hindered the blind man, but Jesus stopped and ordered the man brought to Him. Casting aside his cloak,
he jumped up. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “Lord, I want see,” he replied. Jesus
said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” The response is what Jesus was seeking from
Israel. He received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also
praised God. Where they better than the elder son in the Parable of the Lost Sheep, Coin and Son?
The Salvation of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector (Luke 19:1-10). Zacchaeus stands in contrast to the rich
young ruler. It is possible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God if he has the childlike faith of the
blind beggar. This wealthy man like a child climbs a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus because he was too
short to see over the crowd, which was hindering him. Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus come
down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him
gladly. The crowd had become like the Pharisees. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has
gone to be the guest of a sinner.” At his house, Zacchaeus demonstrated repentance by his actions. Jesus
said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the
Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” The poor man and the rich man sought Jesus and
He found them.
The Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-28). On the way to Jerusalem, the Twelve were sure Jesus
was going to receive His crown when they arrived. So He told this parable to correct the misconception
of those who thought the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. The kingdom was near, but the
nation had rejected Him. Christ in this parable taught that He who has the right to rule would be absent
from the place over which He was appointed to rule. Those over whom He has a right to rule would rebel
against Him and reject Him. In His absence and during His time of rejection, there would be those who
claim to be His disciples and they have a stewardship, and at His return He will call them to give an
account and reward them accordingly. Only those found faithful will be admitted at the king’s coming
into His kingdom.