Pastor Thomas Costello spoke on Luke 18:31-43. He talked about how the blind beggar received his sight because of his deep faith.
Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time
31 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. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight
35 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.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
- Jesus’ 12 disciples did not understand what he meant when he shared his future, but the Blind Beggar DID! He called him “Son of David”. What does it mean to you that the forgotten and begging blind man understands who Jesus is? Is this significant?
- What does this mean to us? How should we treat those that are “the least of us” or looked down upon by society?
- Jesus heals this man and says that his “faith has healed (him).” Have you encountered healing in your life? How do you process the idea of needing faith for healing?
- Thomas said that we can open ourselves up to blessings and being used by god if we make him the center of our lives. What can you do in your own life to “make yourself less”?
- Discuss with your group how you can make real changes in your life this week for Jesus.