As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”
And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”
Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.
Beggars usually ask for money or food. They are engaged with what they can get out of the world because they assume the solution to their predicament comes from the world. However, this blind man understood differently. He realized that the root of his problem was not that he was poor but that he was blind. Therefore, the healing Jesus could provide became the answer to his problems instead of what he could get from the world.
Sadly many Christians fail to realize this. We focus on worldly things and sit and beg for what the world has to offer. As Christians, we should be careful that our preoccupation with what the world has to offer and its sustenance does not blind us to the answer as it walks past. The blind man may have been blind, but he was not blind to that fact that the solution to his predicament did not live in the worldly sustenance for which he begged. His answer lay with Jesus.