Read: Luke 18:31-43
Key Verses: Luke 18:40-42
I have this picture (or maybe a short video?) in my head. I see a blind man sitting on the side of the road. He sits there day after day, begging for food, money, anything that people are willing to share.
One day, he hears a crowd approaching. He gets excited, thinking, “Surely there is someone in this crowd who is willing to help me out.”
As the crowd grows closer, he notices that there are a great number of people and he becomes curious to know what is going on so he calls out, “Who is there? What is happening?”
Someone in the crowd responds, “We are with Jesus of Nazareth. He is passing by.”
The man becomes even more excited. He has heard stories of this Jesus of Nazareth. He believes Him to be the Son of David, the coming Messiah, so he cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
As people in the crowd hear him, they begin to rebuke him, but instead of getting quieter, he gets louder and continues to cry out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus hears the commotion. He stops and looks around. “What is going on? Who is calling out for me?”
The crowd respsonds, “It is the beggar on the side of the road. He is blind.”
Jesus upon hearing this feels compassion for the man. He commands the people to bring the man to Him.
And when they have brought the blind man to Christ, Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replies, “Lord, let me recover my sight.”
And Jesus says to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has healed you.”
Immediately, the blind man can see again! He picks up his stuff and follows Jesus, glorifying and praising God as he goes, telling everyone what Jesus has done for him.
Wow! What a story!
There is a man who sits by the side of the road on a daily basis, begging for food, money, etc. Jesus comes along, and after that the man’s life is never the same. He is healed!
Jesus offers us that same healing today. It may not be physical healing, but he offers to heal our wounds. He offers to remove what blinds us and keeps us from following Him.
And all we have to do is ask for it, and be persistent. Because like the widow who continually asked the judge for justice, the blind man was persistent in getting to Jesus. People in the crowd were trying to keep him quiet and keep him from Jesus. But he kept calling out to Christ, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
He asked, and he received. He was healed, and then…
He followed Christ!
He didn’t remain where he was at. He picked up his things and followed Christ, proclaiming to everyone what Christ had done for him.
How many times do I let what other people say and do keep me from healing? Keeping me from calling out to Christ? Keep me from following Christ?
How often do I give into the crowd and keep my mouth shut when I need to speak up?
How many times do I ask for healing and yet continue to remain where I am at?
Jesus wants me to be healed! Jesus wants me to share my story (which is really His story) with others. Jesus wants me to sing His praises and glorify Him.
Jesus doesn’t want to leave me sitting where I am at. He wants to take me with Him.
All I have to do is take that first step in faith.
Recover my sight. Heal me of the blindness that keeps me from walking with You. I’m tired of sitting on the side of the road. I want to follow You and glorify You.