I Once Was Blind But Now I See

Discoursed from Luke 18:31-43 yesterday morning for about an hour at the Transformation House.  Humility was the exhortation, for it was apparent in the text that even the disciples of Christ, who had been so formerly presumptuous, were dependent upon the mercy of God to reveal the saving truths of the Gospel of our Lord.  (And let it be noted that it was not the first time that Christ had taught it to them; oh, even as redeemed men, we are still in need of the Gospel, day in and day out; and so of a constant disposition of humility).  The blind beggar served as an object lesson for them; and he is a sure guide for both the unbeliever and the believer.  As an object lesson, it was providential that a man who could not see with his outward eyes could yet see Christ as the King of mercy in his heart; while the disciples, who to our knowledge could see quite well, and had spent several hours at the feet of Jesus, did not understand the simple words which Christ said concerning the immediate and future accomplishment of redemption.  As a sure guide to the unbeliever, we find an earnestness that captures the heart of Christ; oh, that God would move upon the unbelieving men at this house (and unbelievers confronted with Christ in general) in such a way that they, too, would realize their blindness of heart and Christ as the physician able to grant them a healing balm for sight; that they might cry out for mercy, not once, but when shunned by men, all the more a second time, and so hear also those precious words of the Lord, “What would you have me to do for you?”  “Let me receive my sight,” the beggar replied.  Of course, Christ obliged in mercy!  As a sure guide to the disciple, the blind beggar trusts Christ, pleads for mercy, and once healed, immediately follows Christ, giving glory to God in such a way that the multitude join in praising Him.  “I once was blind, but now I see,” is the chorus which should, in our remembrance of it, produce great shouts of glory unto God, and much public praise.

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