Many of us feel lost in this world, finding no meaning or direction in our life. Somehow, we know that there must be more to life, but cannot “see” what it is. Today we will study why we feel this way and how we can really “see.”
II. BIBLE READING
Luke 18:35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. (NKJ)
A. The Blind Man Looks For Jesus (vv. 35‑39)
1. What did the blind man do when he heard Jesus was passing? Why do you think the blind man called out to Jesus?
2. Do you think this is the first time the blind man heard of Jesus? Why?
3. The blind man’s cry was for mercy. What is mercy? Why did the blind man need it? Most of us take our sight for granted. Let us spend some time to consider what it means to see.
4. Cite one difference between a blind man and one who sees. Compare spiritual blindness with physical blindness. What similar effects are present when our spiritual eyes are opened?
B. Eye Contact With Jesus (vv. 39-43)
1. As discussed earlier, several reasons prompted the blind man to call out to Jesus. Let us apply them to ourselves in the spiritual sense. Why is each factor important for our eyes to be opened?
2. What did the people around the blind man try to do? (v. 39) What did the blind man do then?
3. How does this also happen in our case? What should be our reaction to hindrances?
- Am I spiritually blind?
- Do I want to see?
- Have I cried out to Jesus?
When we come to Jesus and cry out earnestly to Him, He heals our spiritual blindness so that we can truly “see.”