There was one thing Jacob and the blind beggar, in Luke, had in common; they both wanted to see. For Jacob something was missing in his life and had been for years – his son Joseph. Even though there were 67 family members represented in his household, because of Joseph’s absence, the family wasn’t complete. But that happy reunion finally came, and for Jacob, he saw with his own eyes what he thought would have been impossible.
The blind beggar in Luke 18 wanted to see as well. We have no way of knowing just how long he had stationed himself by that road on the way into the city, but as he sat there every day, he was hopping folks would just give him enough money to survive. All of that changed for him one day as he heard the hustle and bustle of the crowd and asked what all the commotion was about. Someone responded, it’s “Jesus of Nazareth” passing by! He may have been blind when it came to sight, but he could see something that most around him could not.
Most all of them knew of Jesus by reputation, “Jesus of Nazareth,” but he knew Jesus by revelation, “Son of David.” He knew this was Jesus, the Messiah, passing by and that this would be his chance to get the healing he had so longed for, so he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me.” Those around him tried to get him to quiet down and not cause such a seen, but he shouted all the more.
Jesus beckoned him to come and restored his sight, thus doing that day what had been impossible for man, but possible for God. Not only did this beggar get his sight restored, but when Jesus told him, “Receive your sight, your faith has saved thee,” this word “Saved” again is the Greek Word Sozo. So that day, this man received everything he need for his complete wholeness, from his eternal salvation, to his sight, to his future provision.
Today, let me encourage you to open your eyes to see all that God the Father has provided for us through Jesus.