Luke and The Lost
So many times we look at something but don’t really see it, much less “get it”. We trudge along in life, taking at face value how others do things and then we blindly do things in the same way. We miss the point…often. Why? Are we too busy? Are we to full of ourselves and our own agendas?
One day a mom was asked by her daughter why she cut the end of the ham off before putting it in the dutch oven roaster to bake. The only answer she had was, “Because my mom did.” So the granddaughter went to the grandmother and asked the same question. “Why do you cut off the end of the ham before putting into the pot?” The grandmother simply replied, “So it would fit in the pot.” “I don’t have a pot big enough for a whole ham.” Mm. Finally, someone asked why…and saw the point and understood.
Jesus tries to tell his close followers what is about to happen to Him in Jerusalem. They seem to be so blinded by what is going on right now that they just can’t wrap their heads around this great man being treated as badly as He is describing. They just can’t “see” it happening. They are missing the point of why He came.
As they walk along, a blind man calls out, identifying the truth about Jesus, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Jesus turns to Him and asks a very important question, “What do you want from Me?” This seems obvious to us and probably to those in the crowd who followed, but Jesus still asks, “What do you want from Me?” The blind man answers quickly, “Master, I want to see again.”
“Go ahead, see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant in this situation. Everyone praised God, giving Him glory. The now sighted man followed Jesus.
Is Jesus asking us, “What do you want from Me?” before He can heal us, comfort our loss, restore the joy, renew our Spirit within us or help us to “see” with simple tenacious faith in Him?
Luke 18, The Message
I Want to See Again
31-34 Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, “Listen carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place. He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. In three days he will rise, alive.” But they didn’t get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about.
35-37 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.”
38 He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”
39 Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”
40 Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, “What do you want from me?”
41 He said, “Master, I want to see again.”
42-43 Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I want to see again. I want to see You for Who you really are. I repent of being dull when it comes to understanding the point of why you came, how you love us and what you are asking of us in return. I repent of just doing things habitually, the way things have always been done, without questioning the motives. Lord, God, have mercy on all of us. “Master, I want to see You again.” I pray others may pray the same prayer today. You want to be seen. We know this prayer will be answered so we thank you and praise you right now.
In Jesus Name, Amen