(35) And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man Sat by the way side begging: (36) And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. (37) And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. (38) And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David have mercy on me. (39) And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. (40) And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought into him: and when he was come near, he asked him, (41) Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said Lord, that I may receive my sight. (42) And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. (43) And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people when they saw it, gave praise unto God. (Luke 18:35-43 KJV)
What do you do when you find yourself in a situation like this blind beggar? I don’t mean that you necessarily have to be literally blind, but to have a need or an issue so dire that it causes you to have to beg at a point of your life,when you never thought that you would have to beg. It was the fact that this man was blind. Which was in the reason why this man lived his life begging by the side of the road. You may be wondering where am I going with this? I’m the kind of person that believe that we act a certain way, because of a certain thing, certain circumstances or a certain event. For this blind man, it was the circumstance of him being blind that caused him to have to beg on the side of the road. For some reason I’m stuck on him living his life as a beggar because of his condition. I begin to realize that because of his condition he found himself in a position of having to depend on others for his every day basic needs. What do you do when life happens and you find yourself depending on others for what other people take for granted. We do as this blind man did. We get the attention of God by any means necessary!
(35) And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging. (36) And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. (37) And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. (38) And he cried, saying Jesus son of David, have mercy on me.
Here’s the good news for those of you struggling with something that others around you can’t understand. Even though they can see your predicament, they don’t fully understand or if I’m honest don’t even care to try. I want to encourage you and tell you that it will change for the better. I want to point out that when this blind beggar woke up that morning. It was just like any other morning. He had no idea that it would be the day that he would come in to contact with the one who would change not only his situation, but his whole life around. Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Verse 35 starts off with and it came to pass. Anytime we see those words we know that a miracle is about to take place. The scripture let’s us know that as Jesus drew near unto Jericho that there was a man who was blind sitting on the side of the road hearing the commotion the blind man inquires what does it mean? To which those around him responds Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. I love his response. He cried out Jesus Thou son of David have mercy on me!! In doing so he was confessing him to be the Messiah. It was in what he cried out that showed his faith of acknowledging exactly who Jesus was. Earlier before when he had asked what it meant and they told him that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. Nazareth was known for being a small insignificant town. You wouldn’t expect anything important to come from out of there. Remember when Nathanael asked “can there be any good thing that comes out of Nazareth?” Not only by acknowledging Jesus as the son of David was he confessing him to be the Messiah, but he was also letting Jesus know that he believed that Jesus could heal him and do the impossible. How we identify Jesus let’s him know what we think that he’s capable of. What I mean by that is that in some religions, while acknowledging that Jesus existed. They refer to him only as a great prophet or a great teacher. They don’t acknowledge him as the son of the living God. Those who can’t acknowledge him as the son of God won’t be able to acknowledge him as the Saviour. It is strange that it was a blind man who was able to see exactly who Jesus was. How do you identify Jesus? Is he just some great prophet or is he God come down in the flesh?
(39) And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. (40) And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, (41) Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said Lord, that I may receive my sight. (42) And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. (43) And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
I’m not going to lie every time I read verse 39 it makes me both mad and sad. Mad because it was obvious this man had a need he was blind. He had a condition that no one else around him could identify with. Since they couldn’t identity with it or because he made them uncomfortable they wanted him to hush so they tried to rebuke him into silence. It makes me sad because it shows the state of the human condition. In some way we can all identify with this blind man. What is that thing in your life that causes you to be in a situation you never wanted to be in, because of his blindness he had to live a life of begging. What is that thing that causes you to cry out to God in anguish. It’s that thing that hurts you deeply that it causes others to look at you sideways and murmur about you to get over it. In their minds its not that serious. As I was preparing for this I thought about the parents crying out to God because their child is hooked on drugs. I thought of the couple struggling with infertility struggling with the why. I thought about those who was born with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy who has never experienced the joy of walking. I thought of those battling with terminal illnesses not knowing if they will see tomorrow. I thought of all these things and much more. I thought of these people being rebuked for crying out to God over an issue in their lives. Just because we may have what someone else is crying and praying about. It does not give us the right to rebuke someone else who doesn’t. Here’s the good news for those of us struggling with a situation or condition those around us can’t understand. Jesus sees the rebuke he hears the ridicule and he’s about to stop by to see about you. Verse 40 says that Jesus commanded that the man be brought to him. What do you think it was about this man who caught Jesus attention? For the longest time I thought that it was his persistent yelling, but it was what we discussed earlier it was the fact of him recognizing him as the Messiah. Question. Do you think that he was the only crying and yelling to get Jesus attention? No, of course not; he was the only one however who acknowledged him for who he is. I begin to realize that we can cry and yell all we want but until we acknowledge God for who he is nothing will change.
Have you ever noticed that right before Jesus is about to heal someone he ask what is it that I should do for you. The reason why is because he wants to know can you identify the problem. Jesus can’t heal what we won’t acknowledge. The blind man had to speak the words that I may receive my sight. You may be saying well Aqua that was a no brainer. Not really do you know how many of us skirt around the issue and only ask God for what we want and not for what we need. He not only received his sight, but Jesus told him that his faith had saved him. Usually when Jesus healed he would tell them your faith has made you whole. For this man however it was your faith has saved you. Again it goes back to him acknowledging Jesus as the son of David which is the Messiah which means Saviour. I’m going to close with this verse 43 ends by saying and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. It was the same people who tried to rebuke and criticize him who were the same ones to give glory to God for his healing in the end. God took him from being a blind beggar to a follower of God. God will get the glory out of your life amen!