Oct 31, 2012 | Uncategorized

Luke 18:41-43
“What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”
42 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” 43 Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.

Matthew 20:32
32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Mark 10:51
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

In the Bible, the books of the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called “synoptic Gospels.” They are called such because they include many of the same stories, often in the same sequence, and similar wording that cannot be accounted for by the Christian Oral Tradition.*

The passages I mention above tells the story of a blind man (or men) in Jericho. In Matthew, Jesus heals two men of blindness while leaving Jericho. In the book of Mark, this story was told, again, while leaving Jericho but with only one blind man, Barthimaeus. While in the Gospel according to Luke, a blind man was healed while entering Jericho.

In all the varying differences in these three passages, there is only but one theme: Jesus told him (or them), “Go, for your faith has healed you.” and instantly the man (or men) received healing from their blindness.

How about you? Are you tired of taking chances with other people, or your skill or knowledge but continue to fail?

How did this happen? It is because, they took their chances with Jesus. This man (or men) really wanted to see. They wanted to get out of the life they are living and experience what God has to offer.

I believe they were tired of just receiving dole outs. They wanted to do better. They were tired of being pitied and being helpless about it. Here was Jesus, passing through. They have heard what amazing things He has done. So they took their chances. They tested their faith and was rewarded with the best thing a blind person can have–sight!

How about you? Are you tired of taking chances with other people, or your skill or knowledge and continue to fail? Have faith in Jesus and ask in faith. If He does not answer immediately, do not be discouraged. Remember, the blind man had to shout with all he had just to be heard by Jesus. It does not mean that Jesus does not hear you. He does. He just wants to see your faith. Trust me, God wants to do something amazing for you, have faith!

* Taken from website here.

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