Steven A. Bush - September 7, 2014

Receive Your Sight

Receive Your Sight

As Jesus passes through Jericho towards His cross in Jerusalem, He encounters a blind beggar.  Mark's gospel names the man as Bartimaeus.  When Bartimaeus hears the crowd passing by, his curiosity peaks.  They tell him it is Jesus of Nazareth.  But Bartimaeus begins to cry out: “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Though blind, Bartimaeus saw who Jesus truly was, the promised Messiah, and He knew Jesus could not only make him whole but make him His.  Luke 18:42-43 should encourage every heart: "And Jesus said to him, 'Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.' And immediately he recovered his sight and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God." (ESV) Some will dismiss this miracle outright.  The French atheist, Voltaire, apparently once quipped: “Even if a miracle should be wrought in the open marketplace before a thousand sober witnesses, I would rather mistrust my senses than admit a miracle.”  Too bad the Frenchman never met Bartimaeus, before and after he received his sight.  Many we know have heard the Gospel a thousand times but just don't see it--they are unable to possess it as their own.  Doubt and disbelief cover the eyes of their hearts like a spiritual Glaucoma.  But praise be to God, Jesus is still giving sight to the blind, enabling people to see the glorious outcome won for us through His sacrificial death and victorious resurrection.

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