“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. 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 18:35-43
Those of us blessed with eyesight can’t fathom what it’s like to be blind, nor the magnitude of a blind man being given his sight. But then so many of us are going about our lives blind to the Lord Jesus Christ, blind to who He is, blind to what He did on the cross, blind to His teachings and ways, blind to eternity, blind to heaven, blind to an intimate relationship with God through Christ, blind to God’s will and infinite blessings, and blind to what the blind man saw when he was miraculously given his sight by Christ. Even those who profess to believe in Christ are often it seems blind to what the blind man discovered and did when he was given his sight.
What would you do if you were blind and suddenly given sight? Would you run outside and throw yourself at the feet of the world? Rush around trying to take in with your eyes every manner of the world’s offerings? Scurry around from one sight to another to enjoy every second of finally seeing all the world offers? It would seem any of us would, would it not?
But know what the blind man beheld with his new sight? The Lord Jesus Christ! Did he then hurry off to the world to take advantage of his sight and make for himself a life of his own choosing, his own wanting, his own desire, according to his own agenda, for his own pleasure, for his selfish purpose? No! When he beheld the Lord, he chose to follow Him! He used his eyesight not to satisfy his lusts and to live according to the world’s ways, but to become a wholesale, full-fledged, devoted Christ follower. How many of us can say the same? Is our sight, are our hearts, are our lives committed to following Jesus? Or are we living blind to Christ and eternity. Let’s open wide our eyes and hearts and truly commit to Jesus. I pray God would take away our blindness and help us behold with clarity, adoration, and total dedication the Lord! The blind man was desperate to see! Oh, how we should be desperate to see and follow Jesus!
Lord help us see you, behold you, focus on you, follow you, worship you forever!