“Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.’ The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 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!’ Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.” Luke 18:31-43
Jesus told the disciples that He was going to be delivered over to the Gentiles, mocked, treated shamefully, spit upon, flogged, and killed, but then He would rise on the third day.
Only God can know the future. He was explaining exactly how it was going to take place so they would once again know, KNOW, that He was the One that had been foretold in the Scriptures and He was the One who was fulfilling those prophecies.
The disciples heard, but they did not understand. They were going to Jerusalem, and Jesus was headed toward the crucifixion, but they did not grasp what He was saying.
As He drew near to Jericho a blind man was begging along the road. This blind man heard a crowd and asked what was happening.
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
What encouraging words for that beggar!
What encouraging words for us! Jesus is passing by. And He passes by every day, every hour, every moment. He is close enough to call out to.
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
This blind beggar was rebuked. The other onlookers told him to be silent.
This chapter is bookended by prayer, the persistent kind that ignores circumstances, silencers, and those who would rebuke us. It is the kind of prayer that keeps on going and keeps on crying out.
This beggar cried out even more.
And Jesus stopped. JESUS STOPPED!
He heard the cries of this man.
He hears our cries as well. “What do you want me to do for you?”
Jesus is passing by and He hears. Here is the question, “What do YOU want Jesus to do for you, for your family, your friends, your work, your world?”
The blind beggar walked away whole because he did not listen to those who tried to silence him. He knew Jesus was passing by.
Call to Him. He is listening.