Week 2 Day 12
Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
What a great story! The blind man had a bold faith and made a bold request. Let’s look at this more closely.
First, the bold belief. The blind man had heard more about Jesus than just his name. He calls out “Son of David”. Now that is a curious thing to say if the blind man didn’t know anything about Jesus, is it not? It turns out he did know something of Jesus. A lot! “Son of David” is a Messianic title. It was common knowledge in the day. It shows the blind man believed Jesus was the Son of God. He agreed with Jesus about who he was. Okay you say, but how can you say he believed Jesus was the Son of God? Good question! The text answers this. Jesus turns to the man and says what? “Why are you calling me the Son of David?” No, Jesus turns to the man and says “What do you want Me to do for you?” By not correcting the man, Jesus was accepting his worship!
Next a bold ask! What did the man answer when Jesus asked him what he wanted Jesus to do for him? “LORD, that I might receive my sight.” This was something only God could do. The man had his “sight” set on receiving his sight. The blind man had seen and acknowledged Jesus for who He was and now moved forward with his bold ask to get the other thing he desired! He had the most important thing now: Jesus … and the rest was added unto him!
Things to think about:
Have you come to grips with who Jesus is? Have you acknowledged Him as the LORD, the Son of the living God? Has there been a time in your life where you have submitted to His authority in your life and submitted to His great love for you? Right now would be a great time to either make that confession of faith or re-affirm that same confession again!
Things to do:
Have you made a bold ask of the LORD? Have you brought your heart’s desire to him and submitted to His great mercy for you? Why not do that today? What not ask Jesus for the same mercy the blind man requested and then make the bold ask!
Father, thank you LORD for the great gift of your Son. The One who made the blind to see and the lame to walk. The One who carried my sin to the cross so that I might have freedom from the bondage of sin. The One whom promises me His righteousness in the place of my sin. You are a good God who longs for us to live in bold faith, and make the bold ask! May you continue to give us more of you and your mercy Father. It is in the precious name of Jesus I ask. Amen.