A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

Open My Eyes, Lord!

Luke 18:31-43

As Jesus continues on his way to Jerusalem, he pulls the apostles aside and tells them what awaits him in Jerusalem. He first states that what was going to happen was to fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament, and then he tells them some particulars (the Son of Man will be “delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.”  Amazingly, the disciples fail to understand what Jesus is telling them. The biggest reason is that they have no box for a suffering Messiah. They still thought Jesus would deliver them from Roman rule and make ethnic Israel, as a nation, great again. They were blind to the truth about Jesus – and to see the truth they would need someone to open their eyes – and this brings us to the account of Bartimaeus and Jesus. Bartimaeus was a poor and blind man who had been reduced to begging for a living. But he had heard about Jesus and had come to the determination that he was the Son of David (the Messiah) – so when he heard Jesus was passing by he kept on shouting out the request that Jesus would have mercy on him. He knew he did not deserve healing, spiritual or physical, but he also knew something about Jesus. Some tried to quiet him, but he persisted. Jesus heard him, stopped, had him brought, asked him what he wanted, then he saved him and healed him. From this we are reminded that God can open the eyes of the spiritually blind so that they might see the glory of God in the face of Christ. We also see the Savior’s great love for his sheep, as he continued on to Jerusalem even though he knew what awaited him.