For today’s message, I want to focus on helping everyone understand that no one can be healed unless they can recognize Jesus for who He really is, and for who we really are without Him. It is on this humbling understanding that we can understand the fullness of the cross and the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice for our transgressions. A perfect example of this is found in Luke 18:35-43. It is with this scripture that I will be able to share some wisdom about our walk with Christ. Then, I will share three important things that we can learn and apply from this piece of Scripture in our daily walk with Christ.
It is written, “As He was approaching Jericho [on His way to Jerusalem], it happened that a blind man was sitting beside the road begging. 36 Now when he heard a crowd going by, he began to ask what this was [about]. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 So he shouted out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David (Messiah), have mercy on me!” 39 Those who were leading the way were sternly telling him to keep quiet; but he screamed all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered that the blind man be led to Him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me regain my sight!” 42 Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.” 43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Jesus, glorifying and praising and honoring God. And all the people, when they saw it, praised God” (Luke 18:35-43, AMP).
At the beginning of this Scripture, Jesus was walking and there was a commotion. Notice how the blind man wanted to know what was going on because there was so much of a ruckus. Once the blind man heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he immediately realized that the Messiah was there. This is why he responded to Jesus as “Jesus, Son of David.” What he was doing was acknowledging that Jesus was the “promised one” and only through Him can anyone have a true transformation in their life. This brings us to the first important lesson that this Scripture is teaching us, and that is that we need to fully understand who Jesus is. By understanding the fullness of Christ’s divine and human nature, we can understand who He is and who we are not. This understanding will always allow us to come to the cross humbly and without any reservations. It allows us to lay everything out in the open for Jesus because we know that He already knows us better than we know ourselves.
The second thing this Scripture teaches us is to notice how the spiritual outcast recognized who Jesus was before His own people. It may be easy to overlook but it was an outcast that recognizes Jesus for who He was. As soon as he heard the name of Jesus, he jumped up in reverence and begged Him for help because he knew that Jesus was the only person in the world that could heal him. He understood that he was not able to help himself, so he was asking for help. Notice that the religious leaders and those who knew The Law did not. Sometimes those around us who do not yet know Christ will notice Him in their lives before we do. So, we need to be very careful and focus on walking with the Spirit to avoid this problem in our lives.
The last thing that I want to share with you all is the fact that the man’s faith healed him. His faith did not have any special power on its own but his faith in Jesus as the Messiah did. That man’s faith not only healed his blindness but other’s spiritual blindness as well, and it all started with his faith in Christ. You see, when we place our faith in Christ and our lives become transformed, we receive our healing, and we receive our blessings, others are watching us. They will study us and try to figure out if the transformation is permanent or not. When they can see a permanent change and transformation in our lives, then they will want to know why. This will allow Christ to work “in” and “through” us and this is a wonderful thing. This blind man did not think that his story would be shared with millions of people, he simply acknowledged who Jesus was and knew that Jesus was the only person that could heal him. Then he sought Jesus out and would not let go of Him until He healed him through his faith. This is something very important that we should all remember. His faith in Christ that day has been something spoken about for thousands of years and so can our faith in Him!
Ultimately, we must come to Christ, as the poor blind man did. Earnestly beseeching Him to open our eyes, and show us clearly the excellence of His precepts, and the value of His salvation. It is only when we can humble ourselves to this level that we can fully receive our healing. This transformation cannot happen if we do not come to Christ, and fully acknowledge who He is. Not only in our lives, but for all humanity. Then, we must run to Him. I pray that this message can inspire those who have lost their sight or focus on Christ and have been focusing on themselves or this world. May the illumination of the Holy Spirit guide us all back to see Christ for who He is and also allowing us to see who we are not. Amen.