"Healing of the Blind Man" painting by Michael Buesking

Today: Proverbs 10:1-10; Luke 18:31-43; Luke 19:1-10; Deuteronomy 29; Deuteronomy 30:1-10

Luke 18

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that have been written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be ridiculed, and abused, and spit upon, and after they have flogged Him, they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise.” Luke 18:31-33

Even when Jesus spoke plainly to His disciples about what awaited Him in Jerusalem, they “understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.” (v.34)

The disciples understood enough about Jesus to leave their own homes and livelihoods and follow Him. But they still suffered from blindness. There was so much they still didn’t understand.

We all find ourselves in a similar position. We are born into the blindness of humanity’s sin. And then our culture imparts even more blindness to us as we grow into adults and lose our childlike wonder and faith.

Jesus came to give us sight. The Holy Spirit does open our eyes to spiritual truths if we seek it… but it is a process. Our vision will never be totally perfected until we shed these cursed physical bodies. But while we are here, if we seek God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds, He WILL take us on this journey of discovery, opening our spiritual eyes little by little to understand truth. It is an exciting journey.

And just in case we missed this point about the blindness of the disciples, Luke immediately tells about a man who was physically blind. Notice that when the man cries out to Jesus, people around him try to silence him. Our culture today will do the same… sssshhhh! Don’t talk about JESUS! Our culture will offer us a million alternatives to Jesus.

“…but he kept crying out all the more…” (v.39) Don’t stop crying out to Jesus, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” (v.41). Lean into Him! Ignore our culture’s false solutions. There is only one true Savior who can give you real vision and He is Jesus.

Luke 19

Zaccheus is another example of a blind man receiving sight. He was a chief tax collector who had become rich by stealing from his own people. He had spent a lot of his life blinded by greed.

But he wanted to see Jesus.

He had to work to do it… he had to first separate himself from the crowd, get in front of them and climb up a tree. He was willing to do whatever it took to see this Jesus.

And it worked. Zaccheus not only got to see Jesus, he got to MEET Him! And it changed his entire life. He was immediately healed from this blindness of greed and gave back to those he had stolen from fourfold. And the salvation of spiritual sight, eternal vision, came to his house.