Luke 18:31-34 (NIV)
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.
33 On the third day he will rise again.”
34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
On verses 31-34: According to Jesus himself, the Old Testament (i.e. “the prophets” – v31) predicts that the Messiah (“the Son of Man”) would be handed over to be mocked and killed, but afterwards would rise again.
Notice that Jesus specifically says in verse 32 that he will be handed over to the Gentiles. One of Luke’s big themes is that Jesus came not just to save the Jews but to save the Gentiles (all non-Jewish people) as well. Other places in Scripture focus on how it was the Jews who handed Jesus over to be crucified (e.g. Acts 2:22-23). But here Luke emphasizes that Jesus would be given into the custody of Gentiles who would mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. It is not just Jews but Gentiles too – indeed all of humanity – that is ultimately responsible for Jesus’ death.
Luke 18:35-43 (NIV)
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
On verses 35-43: In Mark’s account of this event, we learn that this blind man’s name was Bartimaeus. In his own application commentary Pastor Jon Courson does a great job of identifying 3 characteristics that Bartimaeus displayed in the way he approached Jesus.
First, Bartimaeus was humble. Notice that when Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, he is not blaming God for his problem. Rather he is asking God for mercy.
Second, Bartimaeus was tenacious. Bartimaeus was living out Jesus’ parable of the persistent widow at the beginning of chapter 18. He called out to Jesus with persistence and perseverance, even when people were telling him to shut up. Bartimaeus was tenacious in prayer.
Third, Bartimaeus was expectant. Bartimaeus believed Jesus could heal him. That’s why he called out so persistently and approached him so humbly.
Because Bartimaeus was humble, tenacious and expectant, Bartimaeus experienced God’s power doing the impossible in his life. May you and I also be humble, tenacious and expectant in the way we approach God and thus experience God powerfully in our own lives.
Heavenly Father, like Bartimaeus, may I be humble, tenacious and expectant in the way I approach You today. Thank You for having mercy on me. Please show Your power in and through my life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
 Courson, Jon. Jon Courson’s Application Commentary – Jon Courson’s Application Commentary New Testament. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.