Jesus was drawing ever closer to Jerusalem. As He approached Jericho there was a blind man begging in the street. When he heard the crowd passing by he asked what was going on; “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by” was the answer (18:35-37).
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” he cried out, but those near him rebuked him; he cried out yet again, louder this time. Jesus heard his cry and asked that the man be brought to him. Upon his arrival Jesus asked him what he wanted Jesus to do:
“Lord, I want to see,” was his reply. Jesus told the man that his faith had healed him, and immediately he received his sight. The man gave praise to God and followed Jesus; everyone present gave praise to God for Jesus had given the man sight to see (18:37-43).
In the previous passage, Jesus had, for the third time, revealed to His disciples the nature of His Messianic mission to Jerusalem. Yet, for the third time, they simply could not comprehend it for they were blind to its truth. Even after their arrival in Jerusalem, even as Jesus was fulfilling His mission on the cross, they would not comprehend what was happening, but soon, very soon, they would receive their sight just as the man in the streets outside Jericho had received his. May we too receive our sight!