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!” 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 18:35-43
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:4-5
“Lord, I want to see!”
Sit with those words for a minute.
What do you sense in these words? Desperation? Hope?
Separated by status and ability, the blind man and Zacchaeus still had one thing in common: they wanted to see. And they were willing to do somewhat desperate things to do so.
Have you ever felt this longing in your heart? A desperation to see that only Jesus could fulfill? Whether you have 20/20 vision or you need glasses or contacts, all of us have a spiritual blindness that needs to be cured.
Listen to “Amazing Grace” today. If you are open to it, sing along. If you are a follower of Jesus, ask him what blindspots he is trying to shed light on in your life.
By Jessica Rust