I want to go somewhere today and I hope you’ll join me. The passage I’ll be sharing on is Luke 18: 35-43 and it is a story you have probably heard a hundred times. My prayer is that the Lord would speak to you and share a different perspective like he did with me.
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.
Now before I dive into this passage take a minute to pray and ask the Lord what he wants to speak to you directly. I find that praying beforehand helps me better understand the passage and see it in a new way that I haven’t been able to before.
The first thing that stuck out to me about this story is that the beggar didn’t call out to Jesus multiple times as he would when begging for provision. This provides us with a perfect example of the Father’s heart. We don’t have to beg when we come to him. Matthew 7:7 says that if we ask, we shall receive. He is not a father who ignores us and leaves us to fend for ourselves. We are no longer orphans, but we have been brought into the kingdom through his son, Jesus.
Next thing I noticed was the fact that though he couldn’t see, he had faith to believe that what the crowd was telling him was true. That Jesus was really there! I believe he probably was able to tangibly feel his presence as well. This man had greater faith than probably anyone else there because he literally couldn’t see Jesus. He not only had to trust that he was a healer but that he was even there to heal him. In faith, he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He humbled himself and acknowledged that he was a sinner in need of a savior. He didn’t want to miss this chance before him and lifted a bold shout to get his attention.
I thought it was very interesting that those who led the way for Jesus rebuked the blind man and told him to be silent. How often do we as the church tell bold believers to be silent? Whether verbally or internally. We think, man I am kind of embarrassed by them right now, can they stop doing that? And since God looks at the heart, it is all the same to him. This blind man shouted all the more, he didn’t have a care because he knew by faith he would be healed and it didn’t matter what the others said or did in an attempt to stop him. That is the kind of bulldog faith we need more of in our lives. Lord, help us in this area of growth in greater faith.
I’d argue that though this man was physically blind, he was able to see Jesus clearer than the others “leading the way”. He humbled himself in order to receive his healing. Often times we think that spiritual status or self-righteous living will move God’s hand in our lives. But it is the opposite, he is looking for those that will humble themselves and come to him with genuine faith.
After the beggar is healed and he begins to praise God, the others praised him as well! I will go so far as to say, sometimes we can be those people leading the way for Jesus. Caught up in our religious and holy duties that we forget the miracles of Jesus and the simplicity of a humble heart full of faith. It was a double miracle I believe, for the beggar obviously but another miracle for the people to see Jesus heal him. This was outside of Jericho, the city that they had to march around 7 days in a row in order to receive the miracle. I don’t think that’s a coincidence and I believe those people were reminded of the depth of God and his love for everyone.
Whether you’re feeling like an orphan today begging for God to take this problem or trial away. Or you are the person leading the way that his blinded by status, rules, and religion. God sees your heart and he loves you either way. There is no condemnation, only love, and conviction. And if he is dealing with you about one of these two things, I encourage you, give him the time and space to do this heart surgery. There is a miracle on the other side.
Love you guys! I hope this encouraged you. Let me know in the comments down below what passage you have been loving lately and why it’s so valuable to you. I’d love to hear from you!