A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight (Luke 18:35-43)
Luke 18:35-43 fulfills the prophesy from Isaiah 35:5: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Christ came not only to bring light to a dark world, and so to set before us the objects we are to have in view, but also to give sight to blind souls, and by healing the organ to enable them to view those objects. As a token of this, he cured many of their bodily blindness: we have now an account of one to whom he gave sight near Jericho. (Matthew Henry)
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-38)
Luke 18 describes the blind man as a poor beggar, sitting on the side of the road, at the mercy of those in the crowd to introduce him to Jesus. What a visual! It is the same for everyone who is not saved- blind, poor, begging for mercy, waiting for others to introduce us to Jesus.
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!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. (Luke 18:39-41)
Despite being shut down by those who told him to be quiet, the blind man shouts even louder for Jesus to have mercy on him. Jesus, hearing the blind man, stops in his tracks and asks the man what he wants Jesus to do for him. Jesus wants to help us just like He helped the blind man. He wants to give us mercy and open our eyes.
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 18:42-43)
The people who say Jesus open the eyes of blind praised God. They witnessed a miracle from the Healer, received truth from God through witnessing the miracle, and praised God. Matthew Henry outlines the responsibility that we have to do the same:
“Spiritual growth is the result of practicing the truth you receive from God. He wants you to give away what He gives you–that is, by loving and serving others and sharing the truth of the gospel. Our example is Jesus, who said that He did not come to be served, but to serve even the lowest outcasts in His society (Matt. 20:28). He could have exalted Himself and spent all His time preaching and teaching. Instead, Jesus did only the Father’s will, which was to reveal His heart of love to a broken world. The Lord sacrificially involved Himself in people’s lives, and He calls us to follow in His footsteps.
God’s plan is to reach the world through you. If that weren’t the case, He would have taken you to heaven as soon as you were saved. But you are here for a purpose–to live out Christ’s life alongside hurting people who desperately need to experience His love.”
We are the blind beggar, we are the prodigal…He is our savior. That is amazing grace.
Water you turned into wine, opened the eyes of the blind there’s no one like you, none like You! -Lyrics from Our God, by Chris Tomlin