Jesus came near the city of Jericho. There was a blind man sitting beside the road. The blind man was begging people for money. When this man heard the people coming down the road, he asked, "What is happening?" The people told him, "Jesus, the one from Nazareth, is coming here." The blind man was excited and said, "Jesus, Son of David! Please help me!" The people that were in front, leading the group, criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!"
— Luke 18:35-39
So often we let the noise and commotion of our crowded lives distract us from Jesus' presence in our lives. Deep down, we know that we need time in his presence—time that comes from prayer and reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament). So let's intentionally cry out each day, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Let's invite Jesus into our busy lives. When we let all our distractions and responsibilities crowd Jesus out of our lives, let's shout louder! If the blind man in Jesus' day wouldn't be silenced until he came into the presence of Jesus, then we shouldn't settle for anything less today.
Father, forgive me for letting the noise and "busyness" of my life crowd Jesus out of my life. Make my heart yearn to learn more of Jesus each day. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's Verses in Context
Then Jesus talked to the twelve apostles alone. Jesus said to them, "Listen! We are going to Jerusalem. Everything that God told the prophets to write about the Son of Man will happen! His people will turn against him and give him to the non-Jewish people. The non-Jews will laugh at him, insult him, and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and then kill him! But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again." The apostles tried to understand this, but they could not; the meaning was hidden from them. Jesus came near the city of Jericho. There was a blind man sitting beside the road. The blind man was begging people for money. When this man heard the people coming down the road, he asked, "What is happening?" The people told him, "Jesus, the one from Nazareth, is coming here." The blind man was excited and said, "Jesus, Son of David ! Please help me!" The people that were in front, leading the group, criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!" Jesus stopped there and said, "Bring that blind man to me!" When the blind man came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said, "Lord, I want to see again." Jesus said to him, "You can see now! You are healed because you believed." Then the man was able to see. The man followed Jesus, thanking God. All the people that saw this praised God for what happened.
Related Scripture Readings
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If a person hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person. And that person will eat with me.
Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. In Jericho there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a wealthy, very important tax collector. He wanted to see who Jesus was. There were many other people that wanted to see Jesus too. Zacchaeus was too short to see above the people. So he ran to a place where he knew Jesus would come. Then Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. When Jesus came to that place, Jesus looked up and saw Zacchaeus in the tree. Jesus said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry! Come down! I must stay at your house today." Then Zacchaeus came down quickly. He was happy to have Jesus in his house. All the people saw this. They began to complain, "Look at the kind of man Jesus stays with. Zacchaeus is a sinner!" Zacchaeus said to the Lord (Jesus), "I want to do good. I will give half of my money to the poor. If I have cheated any person, I will pay that person back four times more!" Jesus said, "Today is the day for this family to be saved from sin. Yes, even this tax collector is one of God's chosen people ! The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them."
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee's house and took a place at the table. There was a sinful woman in that town. She knew that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So the woman brought some perfume in an alabaster jar. She stood at Jesus' feet, crying. Then she began to wash his feet with her tears. She dried Jesus' feet with her hair. She kissed his feet many times and rubbed them with perfume.