And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. (Luke 18:35-43)
Today's Morsel: How often do you allow Jesus to pass you by without asking for His help? Most people feel that they can take care of things by themselves, and so they don't care to ask Jesus for His help. I've heard people say that Jesus is for those who are weak. Yeah, that is a true statement, but when I am weak then am I strong through Jesus. I wonder just how many people were in the crowd that day as Jesus passed through Jericho, that had a need and never asked Him for His help. But on the outskirts of town, the place where beggars would sit to ask for help and beg for alms, sat a blind man. And hearing the commotion and multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. Maybe he asked what festival was going on. Maybe he asked, if there was a royal entrance taking place. Or maybe he asked if it was a legion of soldiers. But they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Maybe he had heard about what Jesus had done for others. Maybe he had heard that the Messiah would come. And now he had an opportunity to exercise his faith to see if Jesus would help him, since no one else seemed concerned about his situation. And so he cried out, "Jesus thy son of David, have mercy on me." To his surprise, Jesus heard him and stopped to see what he wanted of Him. Isn't it amazing that Jesus always hears faith and a sincere heart when they cry out to Him. When Jesus asked Him what he wanted Him to do for him, the blind man said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." And Jesus said to Him, "Receive thy sight, thy faith have saved thee." Friend, you can't afford to let Jesus pass you by. You never know when you'll get another chance.
Sing: Pass me not, O gentle Savior, hear my humble cry; while on others thou are calling, do not pass me by. Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry; while on others thou art calling, do not pass me by.