the blind beggar


As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,

Lk 18:35-43

In Luke’s story of the blind beggar, one has to wonder who was truly blind.When the man on the side of the road asked who was passing by the crowd said Jesus of Nazareth. The blind man shouted Jesus, Son of David; though blind this man recognised Jesus as Messiah.He asked for Jesus pity yet I wonder what the members of the entourage were interested in? My guess is that it was a position of rank rather than pity.He was humble and they a bit arrogant.The crowd wished to keep the man from Jesus, while the blind beggar could clearly see that Jesus wished to help him.Jesus asked “What do you want me to do for you?”. The crowd thought the man would beg for alms (money), yet the beggar saw something more important. He asked for redemption, that he might see.He saw Jesus as Messiah or Savior, while perhaps the crowds were still seeing a ruler or leader. While the crowds could “see “Jesus, the blind mans vision was much more acute. He could “see” who Jesus was, and what he came to do…

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