Spiritual Sight (Luke 18:31-43)

 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. 33 On the third day he will rise again.”

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

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.  (Luke 18:31-43)

Learn it:

            This section starts with Jesus, for the sixth time, foretelling his death.  Jesus is heading towards Jerusalem and he is preparing his disciples for what is about to happen.  Again, the disciples are confused and don’t fully understand what is happening.  They cannot believe that the Messiah would die.  How would God’s plan get to completion if the Messiah dies?  They still do not fully understand what Jesus’ plan is and blind to his ways. 

            As they continue on their journey, they encounter a blind man.  Upon hearing the Jesus is passing through town he cries out to him for healing.  One unique thing is that he refers to Jesus as the “Son of David”.  Even though he is blind he can clearly see who Jesus is.  This story is also the opposite of the previous story with the rich ruler.  He seemed to have everything, but his heart was focused on his money.  In this story, we have a poor blind man and his heart believes who Jesus is.  It is this faith that Jesus accredits to his ability to be healed.  It’s also amazing that through the faith of this social outcast it led to all the people praising God. 

Live it:

            The disciples and the crowd were spiritually blind.  The disciples did not see or understand, what God’s plan was with the Messiah.  Also, the crowd did not fully understand who Jesus was and how much authority he had.  The one person who understood who Jesus was, was a person that society rejected.  I love how Jesus continually flips social norms and makes the “world’s filth” his most beloved.  We need to pray that God would give us the eyes to see his plans and be able to trust him.  Jesus is the Son of God and his plans are perfect!  We need wisdom to understand his plans and faith to trust him.  When we are able to do that it will lead to us and others praising God!

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