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Luke 18:35-43 (NIV)
A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 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!” 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
I love the song “Jesus in Disguise” by Brandon Heath, it answers many of the questions I have for me in my life. There are many things I know that God has put in my mind where normally I don’t think or do those things but it’s Jesus. The Holy Spirit in my heart-moving me to be where God wants me to be. You know it’s like the “Blind Beggar” in Luke, he heard the crowd coming and they were loud. I can imagine that it was never like this for the Beggar to pay attention to anything untill the crowd was so loud he had to inquire what was happening. They told him that Jesus was passing by. Now there is something special about this Beggar. God most often uses the most simple, and unlikely people to teach us a profound lesson. Just like this man who could not see, we go through this life sometimes with our spiritual eyes closed. We struggle through things, we face the giants, our problems seem like mountains. Because we can not see, this is what we learn. First, there are many spiritual moments when Jesus is passing by. The beggar knew that this was different when normally he would cry out with a low voice, this time he wanted to cry out because he knew the was his opportunity. We need to cry out on every opportunity when Jesus is passing by. Second, when we cry out our faith should be a bold faith, everyone was telling him to be quiet but he cried out all the more and got Jesus’ attention. Third, When we cry out our Jesus will be so loving and merciful. What ever situation you face today, Cry out to Jesus. He will be so loving and merciful when you need him the most. My dad always tells this story of when he was a little boy, he was home alone and his mother told him to not open the door for anyone. They left and later someone came to the door and knocked. It was an old beggar. My father invited this man in and gave him something to eat. The man left and my father never saw him again. Was this Jesus in disguised? Let’s not let opportunities pass us by to be Jesus to someone or for us to lose sight of those spiritual Jesus opportunities.
Pray: God thank you for the times you have come to my aid when I needed you the most. Your love is all I need. Help me to cry out to you with a bold faith. Know that you will never leave me. Amen!