A blind man sat by the road, as Jesus was passing by.
“He called out, Jesus son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see”, he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Luke 18:38,40-43
Right before the story of the blind man, Jesus tells His disciples what would happen to Him in the coming days. That He would be given to the Romans, beaten, killed and then He would rise again on the third day. However, they didn’t understand what Jesus was saying, for the meaning was hidden from them.
In a sense they were blinded to the truth. Maybe they didn’t want to understand, or couldn’t understand how Jesus who they believed to be God, could die. He was the Messiah come to save them from their enemies and set up a new kingdom on earth, surely He couldn’t die?
And now we see a blind man begging for mercy from Jesus. He will not be quiet, but shouts all the more. “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
When Jesus sees the blind man, He asks him, “what do you want me to do for you?”
What a strange question. Jesus perceives that he is blind, He knows his greatest need and yet He asks the man to articulate what he desires most. The man wants to see and Jesus responds to his faith. This miracle results in praise to God.
We too cry out to God; “Jesus son of David have mercy on me!” And yet given the opportunity, what do we ask for? Jesus knows our greatest need and yet He patiently, lovingly, waits for us to ask the right question.
The disciples were blinded to the truth and never asked for understanding.
Will you boldly cry out to God? What will you ask of Jesus?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, as for me, I want to see! I want to understand! I want to know you better and walk in ways that bring you glory, honor and praise. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth… I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart.” Psalm 86:11a, 12a
For further reading: Luke 18