I Want to See

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The gospels contain four separate accounts in which Jesus heals a blind man.  Of all the miracles of Jesus, none occur more frequently than giving sight to the blind.  Why is that?  Our gospel passage from Mark gives us insight into why curing the blind was a special interest of Jesus.  We learn that blindness referred not only to a physical defect but also to a spiritual one.

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Jesus healed Bartimaeus because he had the faith to know that Jesus was able to heal him. His words were a powerful profession.  He wanted to see.  To see what others could see, yes, but also to see the truth of who Jesus was.

Do we truly want to see?  Are we ready to accept the responsibility that comes from knowing Jesus and his mission?  Do we have the courage to change our world?

Or do we prefer to remain blind?

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3 Responses to I Want to See

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.
    In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
    The message of Jesus is summed up partly in the Sermon on the Mount, and partly when he begins his ministry and quotes the passage from Isaiah: ‘I have come to set free the prisoners and restore sight to the blind.’ And certainly, his mission is also to bring hope. It was to heal people, and to befriend the outcast.

  2. Nancy Novicki says:

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You!

  3. Jeff Kline says:

    I am reminded of Tobit who is cured of his blindness after his son Tobiah anoints him upon returning from a difficult quest. This was prompted by the Angel Raphael (in disguise) who helped Tobiah in his quest. It’s a great story; I recommend it; after all, it’s in the Bible.

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