Last week we looked at the story of the rich young ruler, and in many ways, Luke was portraying this as someone who was unwilling to become a follower of Jesus. This week, Luke tells the example of another person Jesus meets along his path. This person could not be more different than the rich young ruler. This man was a blind beggar, sitting on the side of the road. He was impoverished, ignored, and completely marginalized. And yet, it is this man who becomes the model disciple in Luke’s view. This is someone that we should seek to emulate.
So this Sunday we’ll look at why this blind beggar is the model disciple and what it would mean for us to become like him too.
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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.