And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 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. Luke 18:35-39
Here we read the story of a blind beggar, now most people will think , this story isn’t relevant to me because you’re not physically blind or maybe not physically disabled at all. However it is relevant to everyone because we are all or were spiritually blind without Christ. To live without Jesus is to be dead in your sins (Ephesians 2) to be blinded by this world, however as Jesus said “Blessed are your eyes because they see” (Matthew 13:16) Jesus was talking from a spiritual perspective, the Son of God will open your eyes to truth and life
The blind beggar heard that the Messiah was passing by, and he cried out to him “Jesus, Have mercy on Me” have you cried out to The Lord? If not, what is stopping you? Notice the faith of the blind beggar, even when the crowd rebuked him and told him to shut up, he cried out to Jesus even louder!
Don’t let anyone prevent you from coming to Jesus, cry out to The Lord and you will be saved! Notice the title the beggar referenced Jesus as “The Son of David” , this is a Messianic reference, He believed Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the man demonstrated his faith in Jesus
And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. Luke 18:40-43
Jesus didn’t reject the blind beggar, he came right to him. Think about all the people in the crowd, and The Lord went to the one lost sheep. And Jesus said to the man “What do you want me to do for you”? What do you want Jesus to do for you today? Do you need peace? Do you need forgiveness? Do you know where you will spend eternity? Jesus is the answer, and he’s waiting for you to call out to him
Notice what Jesus says “Your faith has saved You” It wasn’t the works of the man that saved him, it was his faith in Christ! It is by faith you are saved not by our works (Ephesians 2) And what did the man do afterwards? He followed Christ and glorified God, and when all the people saw it, they glorified God also. The blind beggar was a walking testimony for Jesus, is your salvation story the same for others?
Jesus is in your midst, cry out to The Lord and you shall be saved, Amen!