2004-05-07 - The Blind Can See for Free!
Day 2 Cover Story
To read more about today's cover story, see Luke 18:35-43 below.
For one man, recently belief turned into seeing.
Jesus made quite an impression when He was traveling in Jericho-He headed a blind man. The beggar recalled sitting by the road when he heard people go by. They told the man Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. So the beggar called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me," (Luke 18:38 NIV). The crowd hushed the blind beggar . This made him shout more and got Jesus' attention.
When Jesus and the beggar came face-to-face Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" Without hesitation, the man replied, "Lord, I want to see" (Luke 18:41 NIV).
Jesus responded, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you" (Luke 18:42 NIV). The blind man got his sight back, followed Jesus, and praised God - as did the crowd of witnesses.
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!" 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!"
Do you think seeing is really believing?
Lord, I want to belief just like the blind man. I don't want to give up until You hear me. I also want to see You and see the people I can be a friend to, the people who need help. Show me how to focus on others. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.