Lord, I Want To See…

Lord, I Want To See…

“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!” 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.” Luke 18:35-43

How  many people do you know who’ve heard the gospel in passing, but continue to let the opportunity pass them by? We live in a world where there are many, like this blind man, who are begging on the side of the road for help and for answers, but they’ve never parted their lips to ask Jesus for anything. In this text we observe this blind beggar use his other sense of hearing to listen, and then to also ask those around him what all the commotion was about. As people we are always asking for more, but I wonder if we are using our other senses to figure out what’s going on around us regardless of how deprived we are. To my surprise Jesus hears this blind beggar’s voice, louder then the others,  screaming around him. So, Jesus stops and orders the man to be brought to him.

Wow, the fear he must have had, for who would have known that Jesus would ask for him that day. It is like when your name is called out on  The Price is Right, are you ready? Will you know the answers to the questions which will be asked of you? Is it possible to be excited and yet gripped with fear all at the same time? What intrigues me most is when Jesus asks the blind beggar what do you want me to do for you — huh?!? My first thought was Jesus, he is blind and begging… isn’t it clear what he needs from you?

It was then that I was reminded of this movie I saw once. A woman whom didn’t believe in therapy found herself seeing one after her life began to fall apart. She quickly asks the therapist, “What is the one thing you would tell a person who needed help, but was unable to sit with you?” He said, “Figure out what you want in life and learn how to ask for it.”  Perhaps this is the point of the text, and so I ask do you know what you need and how to ask for it? Jesus most certainly knew this man was blind and poor, but are we just looking for someone to identify our problems and solve them without us having to be involved in fixing our own problems? Are we unwilling to humble ourselves and ask Him for help only when asked why are we still suffering, we find ourselves using the excuse of the voices around us to not focus on Jesus passing by?

My heart sank, for this man was most likely blind all his life and yet without sight he could see. What he saw was an opportunity and so he went for it without hesitation. He did not think about the many struggles he would have adjusting to sight after all these years. No, he just knew he was ready for the truth, ready to open his eyes, and ready to see something more then what he was seeing right now. I believe the true desire to see must come from you and only you. Jesus is asking you right now, “What do you want me to do for you?.” Do you know?

 

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D. C. Lassiter About D. C. Lassiter

D. C. Lassiter is host of the Dovetales radio show and author of Beyond the Face of the Movies, a non-fiction, Christian Living book. You can find D.C. Lassiter on her online blog and on Facebook page.

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