Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to face the ordeal of the cross and to secure salvation for everyone, ever, through His death and resurrection. He went via Jericho and on His way in to the town there was a blind guy, Bartimaeus. (Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43) Bartimaeus was at the bottom of every social scale that existed, even his name, Son of Timaeus means ‘son of filth’. If ever anyone was to qualify for inclusion in a group of those who were socially marginalised and oppressed, Bartimaeus was one. This was not shaping up to be an encounter of significance.