Jesus and the Blind Man, Luke 18:35-43

Sunday sermon from His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak:

On the 6th Sunday of our Journey for Easter, a person in great need tried to attract the attention of the people around Jesus. It was a special request. As we read in Luke 18:35-45:

Life was passing the blind man. He had been sitting on the sideline of life, begging because he had no way to make a living for himself. He could not go on a trip like the people of Jesus were doing. People were passing him by and looking forward to arriving at Jerusalem.

The city of Jerusalem will be decorated for a special occasion. There was joy in the voices of the people as they passed the blind man, but he was not a part of anything because of his life.

He had heard about Jesus and his teaching, and the amazing healings. And he cried out “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.” It was a moment that would change his life forever.

To call Jesus “son of David” was to recognize him as the Messiah. Even though he was blind, he could see far more clearly than the disciples and the crowd.

He did not pay attention to the others. In fact, he cried out to Jesus even louder when it seemed Jesus did not hear him.

Jesus then heard the sound of the blind man’s voice. Not just with his ears, but He heard him with his heart. He would go no further until He met the need of this man, and the same works for us. Jesus is waiting for us to ask, and later He will answer our request and hope.

If he had been afraid that his request was not important enough, he would never have met the master and he would have experienced no change in his life.

You cannot receive something from God if you give up after the first time you ask. You have to keep calling in spite of what people say. You have to keep calling out to God even when it seems like life is passing you by.

In the end, Jesus said “your faith has made you well” or “your faith has saved you.”

Through faith, our relationship with God, the believer is related with the creator of life. Fulfilling our hope for eternal life.