vision check (part 2)
In part 1 of “vision check,” we encountered the rich man who was unable to see Jesus. He had sight, but it was limited. He viewed Jesus to be a “good teacher.” Spiritually, he was blind, and as a result, he chose the temporary riches of this world over the eternal riches of the kingdom of God.
Further into the chapter of Luke 18, we read about a blind beggar who got really rowdy when he found out Jesus was passing by. He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
What a contrast! This man, who is without physical sight, sees with his heart that a miracle is close at hand. However, the rich man had the kingdom of heaven before him, yet he could not see it.
Notice that the blind man calls Jesus, “Son of David,” a name derived from the Jeremiah 33:17 prophecy that foretold the unceasing reign of David’s descendants upon the throne of Israel. This blind man gets it right: Jesus is the Messiah, the One who was to come.
The result of his faith? You guessed it! Physical sight. He simply requested, “Lord, I want to see.”
The result of the miracle? His praise and the praises of all of the people were lifted to God!
The rich man left Jesus’ presence very sad; the blind man followed Jesus with rejoicing that was contagious.
“Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?” James 2:5
Father in heaven, that we too have the faith to see You with our hearts and know that You are who You say you are and You do what You say You do.