Jesus and the Man Who Cried Out for Help

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1 Luke 18: As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. 38 He called out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me! 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 What do you want me to do for you? Lord, I want to see, he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, Receive your sight; your faith has healed you. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Jesus and the Man Who Cried Out for Help Luke 18:35-43 Have you screamed recently? I guess most of us don t scream much these days. Maybe because we are mature, or there are not so many reasons in our lives to scream. But remember, we often screamed when we were little children. If you go to a pre-school field, elementary school, or even middle school field, you can often hear children screaming. Some of them are just screaming for no reason. Some of them are crying out for help with no real emergency. You might hear a screaming child say, Oh! He called me a baby. I only pushed him a little, but he pushed me harder! Today s theme is Crying out for help. We are all children of God. We are permitted to cry out to God for help. Of course it is not necessary for us to make a loud voice, but we can eagerly seek God s help. Let s start reading the Gospel According to Luke, chapter 18 verse 35 to 43, verse by verse. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. Jericho is a town mentioned in the book of Joshua in the Old Testament. It s the town Jewish people occupied when they came into the Promised Land. The town is about 15 miles from Jerusalem. This is a

2 story of when Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem just prior to his persecution and death on the cross. Jesus had already told His twelve disciples that He would be killed and resurrected on the third day. The disciples didn t really understand the meaning of it, but they could feel something was going on and that Jesus was in real danger. They were traveling together and sensing a very strange atmosphere. While they were approaching Jericho, there was a blind man sitting on the roadside. He was begging. Life for blind men and women in that community in those days was very hard. For example, at the temple, blind people could not worship God with other ordinary people. They were prohibited from going into the room where ordinary men were worshiping in the temple. Just imagine how it must have been, living as a blind man in those days. Let s go to verse When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. At that time, not only the twelve disciples were traveling with Jesus, but also a lot of people were following Jesus with excitement, because they saw miracles performed by Him. Many of them were expecting Jesus to be a new king of the Jews, to make their country strong. Maybe some of them just wanted to see miracles performed. In any case, there were people surrounding Jesus with excitement. The blind man noticed that something was happening on the road to Jericho. He was sitting there hoping that someone would give him help. He likely heard the excitement of the people, so he asked those around him, What is going on? Let s go to verse They told him, Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. He must have heard about Jesus before. He must have heard people saying, Jesus is the Messiah. He knew that Jesus had healed many people and performed many miracles. We don t know how much the blind man knew about Jesus, but it was a big opportunity for him. He would not get this kind of chance again. Let s go to verse He called out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! I think he cried out with the loudest voice he could muster. The reason he had to do that was because he could not see Jesus. He could not walk toward Him. The only way he could get Jesus attention was by screaming. He desperately needed to get His attention. He called, Son of David. That s the expression Jewish people used in those days for the name of the Savior. It is related to the words in Isaiah 9:7. So when the blind man cried out, Son of David he meant that he believed that Jesus was the Savior, who was sent by God the creator. Then he added, Have mercy on me. Jesus was expected to save the Jewish nation, but He also helped many people through miracles, so the blind man could not stop crying out to Him for help. Let s go to verse 39.

3 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me! Maybe those who surrounded Jesus thought, Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem, so He cannot stop to listen to everyone s plea. On top of it that, this man is so loud! He should be quiet! They tried to make the blind man quiet down, but he ignored it. For him, Jesus was his only hope at that time. He tried even harder to get Jesus attention. Please imagine that extraordinary situation. Jesus was walking with many other people and there was a man shouting and screaming near them. Would our Savior Jesus ignore the man? No, we know that Jesus would never ignore such a man. Let s go to verse Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, This verse tells us about Jesus personality. I think it was possible for him to heal this blind man by just saying, Alright! You got my attention. Be healed! He didn t even have to stop. He could just say that while he was walking. Instead, Jesus wanted to have a relationship. It is true that God wants to have relationship with each one of us. Jesus wanted to talk with this man to build the relationship, so He asked the people to bring him to Him. Here is a man who is also God who wanted to build a relationship with a man who was screaming and shouting on the road. This is the story of Jesus. Let s go on to verse What do you want me to do for you? I think Jesus already knew for what the man asking, but he asked him anyway. The man was able to declare his wish directly to Jesus. Maybe his voice was hoarse because he had cried out so much, but his voice must have been very excited and filled with joy and hope. Let s go to verse Jesus said to him, Receive your sight; your faith has healed you. Jesus said Receive your sight. When God created the heavens and the earth, He created them by His word alone. When God said Let there be the light, there was light. Jesus words were as powerful as God s words, because Jesus was also God. When Jesus said, Receive your sight to the blind man, then the blind man received sight. It was the power of God. Then Jesus added one more sentence, Your faith has healed you. It was obvious that the power of God healed him, but Jesus clarified that because of his faith the blind man was able to receive this miracle of God. Then let s think about his faith. Jesus didn t praise people s faith much in the Gospels. So when we find Jesus praising someone s faith we need to learn from it. At that time even the twelve disciples didn t understand the Gospel of Jesus death and resurrection. It is easy to imagine that this man couldn t have had a chance to listen to Jesus teaching. He only knew Jesus from what he had heard from others. He had heard that Jesus could heal people, so that he believed Jesus would heal him too. He didn t travel to meet Jesus. He didn t ask someone to bring him to where Jesus was. He was sitting there and he heard that Jesus was passing by, and that moment he

4 gave all his strength for getting Jesus attention. This is how I describe this man s faith. He didn t have much knowledge, but he could give his all his strength for Jesus. Let s take a moment to compare yourself and this man. He heard about the miracle. Hearing those stories was easy, but it was not always easy to believe that he would be healed just like the others. I like to hear the testimony of others. It is exciting to hear how God touched their lives. But when I think about applying it to my life, I often start to think, Is it really going to happen for me too? So, I have to say this man had great faith. Do you have faith like this? Let s go to verse Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. This man was healed and he could see with his eyes. His heart was filled with joy and he praised God for his healing. He followed Jesus travel. Those who saw it also praised God for what God had done for this man. Now this man was able to go to the temple with other people. More than that, he could now worship his savior Jesus there. Now let s think about how we can apply this story to our own lives. If you are in a crisis situation, maybe you can easily apply this story to your life. Even if you don t know much about Jesus, Jesus can help you. You can ask for help. You should just believe that Jesus can help you. Just like the man who cried out for help, you need to ask for help seriously. God will say, Your faith has helped you. Sometimes I really thank God for letting me be a pastor when I have seen someone s crisis changed by God s power. There were some times when I prayed with someone and they experienced miraculous happenings. It was only God who could have helped them. God gave them help, and we just praised God like the crowd praised God after the man was healed. Do you want to believe that God can help you today? If so why don t you decide to trust in Jesus? Jesus will give you help. This is the promise of God. This story doesn t only apply to a crisis situation. It doesn t say how long the blind man had been blind, but I assume that he had been blind for a long time. I think had prayed for healing before this miracle took place. Don t you have one or two prayer requests that have not yet been answered by God? We can still trust God for those too. God can answer our prayer. When I say God can answer our prayer, it doesn t mean God can answer all of our wishes. We can wish whatever we want, but God gives us what he wants to give us. When we have faith, we notice that God answers our prayer, even when God gives us an answer different from what we asked. I want to share a testimony I heard before. There was a woman who lost one of her hands. She usually used an artificial hand. One day she wanted to ask God for healing. She sat down on the bed and prayed to God for healing. She took off the artificial hand. While she was praying she felt that her arm started to move. At last, she noticed that God didn t heal her, but still she thanked God from the bottom of her heart. Somehow she could feel that God was with her and she realized that someday

5 after she is in heaven, God will have given her a perfect body. At that time, she will forget the days she used the artificial hand. She wasn t healed, but she realized that God s grace was sufficient for her. God wants us to believe and ask. Even if you don t know much about the Bible, it is OK. Even if you haven t have faith for long time, it is OK. God is glad to help us when we believe and ask. God will answer us with His blessings. This is the promise we have in Jesus. At last I want to share words in Psalm 50:15. It talks about this promise precisely. Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Let s have time of prayer. Please pray whatever is in your mind. Let s believe and ask God.

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