“Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.” (Luke 18:40–43, NIV84)
Have you ever seen blind beggars along the road calling out and begging for assistance. I have. And I must admit, I haven’t given them much thought. But Jesus must! Today He stops what He is doing to make sure that He provides time and attention to a blind beggar’s plea. The beggar heard a commotion (a lot of people going by) and he asks out loud for anyone to answer, “What’s happening?” He is told that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. The blind beggar must have heard stories about Jesus’ teachings and miracles, and so he calls out with a loud voice, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy upon me!” There must have been a lot of noise on the street at that time as Jesus’ entourage was passing by. So much talking and beggars calling out to the group. But, amongst all the noise, Jesus hears this beggar’s call. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stops everything and asks for the man to be brought to Him.
What makes Jesus stop? What about this beggar gets His attention? It is the faithful cry of one of His faithful children. The crowd tries to silence him, but he cries out louder and louder. It isn’t the volume that gets Jesus’ attention. Jesus hears the beggar call Him the son of David. The beggar understands and believes that Jesus is the promised Messiah, and he verbalizes it. Jesus asks for the beggar to be brought to Him. Jesus asks the beggar, “What do you want Me to do for you? The beggar replies, “I want to see!” And Jesus restores his sight. The seeing beggar and the entire crowd begin to praise God for this amazing act of mercy and grace.
We have a lot in common with this beggar. We, too, have been blind to the truth of God’s will for our lives. We have groped in the dark trying to find meaning and purpose. May we, like the beggar who WAS blind, faithfully cry out to Jesus to meet our needs. Let’s not let anyone or anything silence our cry for mercy. May we rejoice and praise God when we hear Jesus say to us, “What do you want me to do for you?”