He sat there The blind beggar Behind the crowd Begging for alms He heard someone say Jesus was coming He heard that Jesus opened blinded eyes Could He do it for me? Said Bartimaeus He started to cry out Jesus, thou Son of David Have mercy on me The crowd tried to quiet him But Jesus came closer Bartimaeus cried louder Louder than the crowd Jesus heard him and stopped Called him forward The crowd helped him up Pushed him toward Jesus Jesus asked what he wanted He asked for his sight And his wish was granted His eyes were opened He praised God And followed Jesus He lay there Dead and buried Grave clothes encased him He’d been sick for days They sent for Jesus, his friend But Jesus did not come It seemed he didn’t car Lazarus knew Jesus could heal him If He had only come Now it was too late Now He was dead Jesus came after the funeral Mary and Martha asked Him where He was If he had only come Jesus wept in sorrow His friend was dead But Jesus knew this was not unto death He said role the stone away He cried Lazarus come forth And he did Still wrapped in those grave clothes Jesus said unwrap him They unwrapped him He was alive And he followed Jesus The crowd gathered in the city Singing Hosannah Waving palm branches Throwing their cloaks before Him As Jesus entered the city Meek and lowly Riding on a donkey They thronged Him Lazarus was there Bartimaeus was there Hailing Him Thanking Him For His touch For His healing The Pharisees mocked Him Tried to put Him to shame He told them the rocks would praise Him if the people did not They plotted to kill Him They would not let Him steal their crowd He overturned the money changers tables They were thieves In His house of worship The scribes sought to kill Him That was their money Lazarus and Bartimaeus watched Thrilled with anticipation He taught the crowd He told them stories Parables about life About the last days About 10 virgins About a prodigal son About a good Samaritan They heard Him rebuke the scribes and Pharisees They heard Him say he would come in glory Lazarus and Bartimaeus were excited Then they heard He had been taken in the night The blessed night of the Passover They heard He had been betrayed He had been denied by His disciples He had been condemned to die They gathered with the crowd The same crowd that cheered Him 4 days before The temple leaders told them they must deny Him Or be thrown from the temple The crowd cried crucify Him Crucify Him Give us Barabbas instead Lazarus and Bartimaeus were in disbelief They whipped Him Beat Him Spit in Him Mocked Him Put a crown of thorns on His head Out His cross on His back Made Him carry it down the via Delarosa All the way to Golgotha Lazarus and Bartimaeus watched as he fell under the weight A man named Simon helped Him The laid Him in the cross Nailed His hands and feet Raised up that cross Bartimaeus thought “He restored my sight to see this?” Lazarus thought “He brought me back to life to see Him die?” They were heart-broken Yet they followed Him The skies darkened at mid-day He let out a cry “Father forgive them. They know not what they do.” Then “It is finished” He hung His head And He died Lazarus and Bartimaeus stood side by side They wept They saw Joseph take the body They followed to the garden They wept And wept They did not understand Why give me my sight to see this? Why raise me up from the dead to see this? They went back to the city and stayed there They did not want to leave They had no reason to leave Then the sabbath day passed They heard someone cry He’s alive Jesus is alive They ran to the tomb Saw the stone rolled away Jumping and shouting and praising God They rejoiced Bartimaeus could see the empty tomb! Lazarus knew what it was to raise from the dead They knew Beyond a shadow of a doubt Jesus was alive Alive forevermore Alive for all to see Alive for all to gain life!