Will Your Faith Lead You to Salvation?
Martin Luther once said, “all who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired”. This idea is originated in the bible and has been adopted into everyday life. Jesus Healing the Blind Beggar (Luke 18:35-43). This story begins with Jesus traveling to Jericho, where there is a blind man sitting by the roadside begging, he hears a loud crowd and starts asking what was going on. They told him that “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by” (18:37). Once he hears this news he starts crying to Jesus to have mercy on him, despite the people around him began him to be silent. Jesus hears the blind man’s cry and commands that he be brought to him. He asked what the man wants him to do for him. The man asks Jesus to recover his sight, and because of his strong faith in the lord, Jesus recovered his sight immediately. The healed man began to follow him faithfully because he could see again and everyone else who saw this miracle gave praise to God. This passage is similar to the rest of the passages in Luke because it was written to make certain that Jesus was the Son of God and his mission to spread faith to the people. Luke targets to cease the secular lives of people so they could strengthen their faith. This specific passage focused mainly on three themes controversy, compassion and healing.
The theme of controversy has to do with a triangle pattern. In every encounter with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke there is a complainer, Jesus, and a person who displays acts of hospitality (faith). In this story, the triangle points are Jesus the beggar, and the crowd. Jesus was very compassionate of the beggar and he admired his faith. The blind beggar is the person who displays hospitality (faith) towards Jesus because he calls out to God despite what the crowd is saying. His faith was so strong and pure that Jesus was compelled and intrigued to hear what he had to say. Finally, the crowd who complained told the blind man to stop calling out and asked him to sit back. They were even more upset that Jesus called out to him, because they did not feel that the blind man was worthy of Jesus. Compassion was also an important theme, Jesus showed great compassion because he shows sympathy when he stops to heal the blind man even though he was an outcast. Healing was also exemplified. Jesus was able to heal the blind man by just telling him to be healed and the man’s strong faith allowed this to be possible.
Even though this passage is specified in the Gospels of Luke, Mark and Matthew have their own written version of the passage, and the similarities and differences allow for further understanding according to the different parables. They all reach out to Jesus the Son of David. The Lord ask them all “what do you want me to do for you?” The last similarity is the blind man was sitting on the roadside. The difference between the three are that in Matthew...