SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011
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.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.” Luke 18:40b-43
In Jesus’ time there was no optometrists, no cataract surgery, no treatment for glaucoma. For those without sight, there were no social assistance programs to sustain you and your family. If you couldn’t see, you couldn’t work; if you couldn’t work, you had to beg. There were no other options. So you can see why the messianic promises in the Old Testament of the blind receiving sight was an incredibly hopeful promise.
Jesus asks this man, “What do you want me to do for you?” Like you, I would assume that Jesus knew what a blind man might want. Jesus was already well known for His healing miracles, so the next step would seem obvious. Yet Jesus asks, and the man replies, “Lord, I want to see.” The combination of the words ‘Lord,’ and ‘I want to see,’ is important. First of all the man declares that Jesus is Lord, but secondly, he couples this divine title with sight. When the man is healed he “followed Jesus, praising God.” So it can well be assumed that when Jesus healed his sight, He healed more than just his eyes. He also brought light into his soul.
- Praise God for who He is
- Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
- Allow His Spirit to draw you near
- Listen as He speaks to you
- Pray that God will open our eyes to what we are blind to
- Pray that God will guide us
- Thank God for hearing you
- Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will
What’s happening around us?
The Canadian Cancer Society is a community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Share your skills, time and experience with the Canadian Cancer Society in a variety of ways, even if you only have a couple of hours per month. These opportunities are available in Kitchener today. Use your speaking skills and bring information out to the community or be an Information Outreach display volunteer; be a front desk receptionist; do data entry; drive people to and from cancer treatment.