The author has broken his narrative into scenes by refering to the different places Jesus visits. The “as he drew near to Jericho” scene is very short, but it’s amazing! It’s often hard to remember that this was a real, literal man with real, literal non-functioning eyes which really, literally started to work when Jesus told them to. There was some amazing change which meant that he could see. Jesus had enough power over the ‘laws’ of nature that he could exert complete control just by speaking. In a way, this is to be expected when we read of the power of the word of God (eg. Genesis 1, Ezekiel 37) but it’s astounding that Jesus fixed someone’s eyes. It’s too easy to drift past these miracles.

He was a beggar who had nothing to offer or to commend himself, but Jesus made him well without the beggar having to do anything – “your faith has made you well”. “And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.” No kidding!

Heavenly Father, I praise you that you created, sustain and reign over everything we see around us and much more that we don’t. Would you by your Holy Spirit make these stories of Jesus’ life more real to me than anything else, so that I can truly praise you with the crowd who saw them. Thank you for your power and love. Amen.


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