Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar
‘As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. ‘
I was sitting here thinking, “it’s Friday night, I have nothing to do, so I’m not doing anything.” I kept feeling like doing all these random things like scrolling through social media, watching something on tv, and just killing time. Then I got an urge to not waste this time but open up the Word and see what Jesus has for you. I’ll be honest, even though I send these messages out everyday, spending quiet, intentional time with Jesus in the Word is not something I do very often. It’s maybe a devotional in the morning, some class time in the Word and then finding some Scripture to find that next message for you but when I sit down and ask myself, “how much do you really seek after and pursue Jesus?” The answer isn’t even close to what it should be.
The problem I guess is seeing it as “work” I need to do or getting easily distracted by all these “fun” things I could be doing. That’s the beauty I’ve found tonight in sitting down, being still. and really pursuing Jesus through His Word. It’s not “work” or anything that I have to do. It’s really very different from that. It’s being still and getting out of the way and Jesus does the work! The only thing that we can do is be quiet and listen to what He has for us.
I sat down and opened up this passage from Luke and saw something pretty awesome from this blind beggar. This man heard Jesus was coming through town and instead of continuing to beg and sit there as a hopeless blind man, this man began “crying out.” This man heard that Jesus was near and just started yelling for Jesus, trying everything possible to get close to Jesus. Then the people in front of him told him to cut it out, they rebuked him and told him to be quiet. Even in the face of this opposition, the man continued to cry out again and again for Jesus.
This convicted me a good bit, how this man was in the state he was in and facing the opposition he was facing with the people rebuking him and telling him to shut it, he still continued seeking out Jesus with all he had. I asked myself, “do you cry out for Jesus?How much do you really cry out and pursue Jesus with all you have?” These questions are convicting especially if your answer is not that much. Let’s look at what happens next. Jesus stops, commands this man be brought to Him and when the man came near to Him, Jesus asked, “what do you want me to do for you?” Is it that crazy to believe that when we put aside the distractions and fight through the opposition we face from so many “not bad” but “fun” things and actually call on Jesus, that Jesus will be there, and draw us near to Him? No that’s not crazy, that’s Jesus!!! Is it crazy that when being near to Jesus in that time of seeking Him that He would ask us, “what can I do for you?” Nope, still not crazy, just Jesus!!! That’s the faithfulness and love of Jesus to show us that even though He seems like He’d be super busy and way too high up to ever be near us, Jesus is there for us, draws us near to Him and wants to know how He can help us in that very moment!
So to answer the question, the blind beggar asks to have his sight restored, and Jesus restores his sight on the spot. Then Jesus says something that always throws me through a loop but is so powerful. “Your faith has made you well.” We can easily look at this and say I need to have faith like this man but it wasn’t this man that did anything. It was actually this man realizing his great need for a Savior, his great need for Jesus because of his broken and weak state as a blind beggar, so in his lowest place, he just seeks after the only One who can bring his sight back to him. He calls out on the only name that has the power to do anything good in our lives. This man’s faith is founded on believing that Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only answer. As faith is in the unseen or not yet, this man believes that Jesus is who He says He is and looks to Jesus being the One and only One that can bring him help. So this man calls out, seeking after and in desperate need of Jesus. Jesus said his faith made him well because he sought after Jesus in belief that Jesus could bring peace to his circumstances and Jesus showed that this man’s belief wasn’t in the wrong place but actually the only right place.
I want to encourage you in this and ask you pray for me as I’ll be praying for you also, that we push through the opposition in our life, no matter what it is, even it’s that “not so bad lazy fun” that we can get distracted by. Then call out to Jesus, come before Him and be still, surrendering to our need for Him and watch what Jesus can do in your lives. It’s not what we do or how we do it that matters, it’s just coming to Jesus and He does all the doing. Be still, intentional and listen to Jesus today, you won’t be disappointed, instead you’ll actually have your sight restored!!!