Day 67 | Made Thee Whole
March 7, 2015 - WEEK TEN
Gioacchino Assereto, Christ Healing the Blind Man, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Why do we sometimes have to ask more than once?
- When Christ heals us, do we immediately pick up and follow Him?
- As our spiritual eyes are healed and opened, what new things do we see?
There are two kinds of miracles, as there are two parts to life in every area. There is the body and the spirit. Thus there are two kinds of healings.
As the Lord passed down the path, two blind men begged for light. “So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” (Matt. 20:34.) These were their mortal eyes which were opened….
Of the two, spiritual sight is by far the more important. Only those whose physical eyes do not see can know of the deprivation this entails, and it is a serious one. But even this cannot be compared to the blindness of those who have eyes and will not see the glories of that spiritual life which has no end.” (Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness,
As Christ traveled through Jericho on His way to Jerusalem for the last time, He passed blind Bartimaeus, who sat by the wayside begging. When Bartimaeus heard the noise of the crowd passing through, that it was that Jesus from Nazareth, he cried out, “Jesus Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Although he was rebuked, he cried still louder. The blind man was rewarded for his persistence—Jesus came and healed his blindness. Luke records that the healed man joined the company, rejoicing, and continued on to Jerusalem.
What things the man’s newly opened eyes would see: the cheering crowds who shouted Hosannas and welcomed Christ as their King; the spiritually blind scribes and Pharisees who sought His death; the later crowds who shouted “Crucify Him!”; and, finally, Christ crucified between two thieves (Toni Thomas, Come unto Christ, 2013).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- What does this story teach us about humility?
- Why is it so bad to think of ourselves as better than others?