“As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.”
I’ve always ran across these stories of Jesus healing people and one thing has always stuck out to me but I’ve never really understood it. Jesus performs a miracle, healing lepers, raising the dead to life, healing the sick, the paralyzed, here He gives a blind man His sight. Jesus does these amazing acts and always seems to mention that it was “their faith” that healed these people. I read this and once again thought, what faith? All this guy did was call on Jesus to come near, then when Jesus came the man asked for his sight to be restored. It’s never made much sense but that’s it!!!
The man was mentioned as a blind beggar. A title that the world then and now look down upon. As soon as this blind beggar heard “Jesus the Nazarene” was going by, he began to call on Jesus and not yelling out “Jesus the Nazarene” but the man called on Jesus by saying “the Son of David.” The man was proclaiming Jesus to not just be a guy from Nazareth but calls Jesus one of the many names that speaks to Him as the Son of God, the Messiah, a Savior!!! His faith wasn’t in a man His faith was in the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
When Jesus is proclaimed and called out to by a man who many would pass by without looking twice. Jesus hears the call because of the beggar’s faith in who Jesus was, the ultimate authority and powerful Son of God. Even when faced with resistance, the man stays fervent in his prayer and calling out to Jesus, yells even louder! How often do we just run through our prayers talking to Jesus like He’s just an imaginary friend and pray quick hoping for a blessing? Calling out to Jesus in His fullness as the Savior of our lives and diligently, persistently seeking after Him, despite the resistance around us, that’s true faith.
Jesus stops in the middle of His journey and asks for this man to be brought to Him, and Jesus being the Son of God knows our every want and need but asks the man anyways what can He help him with? Jesus is literally surrounding us with His presence at all times, knowing we need help and we need Him but it’s the humbling of ourselves to confess our need of the Savior to save us. It sucks to think of how often we overlook His presence and power in our lives. We may have needs but how often do we go to Him? The only One who can truly help, and instead either try to handle it in our own or turn to worldly means of help?
Then the blind beggar believing in Jesus as the Son of God, believing when Jesus asks “what can I do for you?”, so he answers with his need asking for his sight back. Jesus miraculously restores his sight and says your faith has healed you. Not only did the man display his faith in Christ through calling out to Him fervently, calling out to Him in His full authority and power as the Messiah, when he asks Jesus for his sight, he doesn’t say “will you maybe, please, if you think you can manage it, maybe restore my sight and if not I got some smaller needs.” The man states his need simply to Jesus and fully believes that Jesus is going to allow him to see. He had no question and no doubt that Jesus Christ, the Son of God would have mercy on him, that Jesus would hear his call and hear his plea for help, that Jesus was fully capable and so loving toward Him that his sight would be restored.
I guess what threw me off when Jesus said, “you’ve been healed by your faith,” I didn’t understand it because so often I’m complicating my relationship with Him, not seeing Him in His fullness and calling out to Him to meet my needs, and even when I do pray, believing Jesus is going to bring His provision into my life, not often. It’s the simpleness of this man’s faith that had me so confused. He didn’t go by any guidelines or follow a certain equation, He just humbly called on the Savior professing his need and was saved! It’s faith in Christ, the simplest and most purest forms of faith. Daggum why do I make it so hard! Jesus is literally sitting by the phone waiting on us to call, He’s went through so much to make Himself available to us and as much as it doesn’t make sense. Why would Jesus be there to help weak, sinful people who ignore and put Him to the side at times? Love. Love is the answer and His love has the power to give sight to the blind, hope to the hopeless and life to the dead. I can’t tell you how many times I read a piece of His powerful truth like this and think, “well I’m not blind, I’m not a beggar or in need of healing.” The truth is those people surrounding the blind man were ignoring the fact it wasn’t just Jesus the Nazarene, He’s Jesus the Son of David, the Messiah, our Savior. They may not have looked like they needed help on the outside just like we may not look like the beggar or have any huge handicaps, but on the inside those people relate to myself and a lot of us because it turned out they were more blind than the man who couldn’t see. The Son of God and Savior of this world was right in front of them and they never saw Him for who He truly was. My prayer and challenge for you and myself is to not walk blindly to the presence of Jesus in our lives, whether on the outside or inside we are all in a great need of healing. I pray Jesus opens up our eyes to see the weak spots we’ve overlooked so we can call out to Him, the Messiah, and our faith can be strengthened in His love for us and His capable hands of healing.