As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Comment: Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was shortly to be crucified. Jericho was about 18 miles (roughly 30 Km) away. It was a rough area and an up hill climb still ahead of Him. So what do we have?
- A blind beggar who knew who he wanted to see and what he wanted done.
- He had obviously heard about Jesus before, but unable to see into the advancing crowd asked what was going on.
- He was of little significance and when he started shouting out to Jesus, the others tried to shut him up.
- Jesus heard his cry and asked what he wanted.
- Being told he was cured, he followed Jesus and Glorified God.
To me this is a short evangelistic sermon.
- We need to know our spiritual ‘blind’ state, and want to be enlightened.
- We need to hear about Jesus and what He can do as an enlightener for the spiritually blind.
- We need to seek Him, even against opposition and tell Him what we need.
- Coming to know and trust Him we need to follow Him and give God His due of worship and Glory.
I usually just comment but today I’ve preached a mini-sermon.
Prayer: Show us what we need and what we need to do, please Jesus.