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On the Healing of the Blind.

On the Healing of the Blind.

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BY REV. THEODORE DEHON, D. D.


St. Luke, xviii. 37.
And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth pnsseth by.
BY REV. THEODORE DEHON, D. D.


St. Luke, xviii. 37.
And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth pnsseth by.

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O THE HEALIG OF THE BLID. BY REV. THEODORE DEHO, D. D.St. Luke, xviii. 37. And they told him, that Jesus of azareth pnsseth by. To whom was this told ; and what were the effects of the information ? It was told to one, in whose bodily infirmity there was a figure of our spiritual condition ; and the effects of the information were an image of the deliverance which we may have, through our Redeemer. I ask your attention to this interesting story, that you, " through patience and comfort" of this Scripture ** may have hope ^." We will first attend to the subject of the miracle, which the Gospel records. There are four things concerning him worthy of observation : his condition, a blind beggar : his application for help, under the sense of his blindness, to Jesus of azareth, as soon as he heard of Him : his perseverance, notwithstand- ing the obstacles which were thrown in the way : and his wonderful recovery of his sight. A blind beggar ! Can a condition be conceived more humble, more helpless, more deplorable ? In a spiritual sense, it is the condition of every sinner. He sees not God ; he sees not salvation ; he sees not • Rom. XV. 4. O THE HEALIG OF THE BLID. 485 peace. By the fall his understanding is darkened. By reason of the film which his iniquities have spread over his spiritual sight, the light of God's counte-
 
nance, which shines eternally upon His creatures, is not seen. On the way side of life, he is poor and blind, dependent for guidance upon any one who will undertake to lead him, and for gratification upon the pittance of pleasure which he begs of some passer by, or the tidings which he asks of the traveller con- cerning vain and temporal things. ** I counsel thee," says one who is alone worthy to advise, ** I counsel thee to anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou may est see ; for thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind \" So unhappy is the condition of this blind beggar, that when he feels his necessities, he sees not of whom he may ask for help : and when the Saviour passes by, who can restore to him his vision, and satisfy him with bread, through his blindness he asks " what it means ^" And the greatest misfortune is, that he is less anxious to be delivered from his spiritual, than from his bodily wretchedness : a disposition, which is illustrated and reproved, in the second thing to be noticed, concerning the beggar on the way to Je- richo, namely, his immediate application for help, under the sense of his blindness, to Him who was able to heal him. ** They told him, that Jesus of azareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me\" Jesus of azareth ! His fame was now spread abroad. He was approved amply of God, by signs and wonders which He wrought. This blind beggar had heard that by Him " the blind received their sight, and the lame did walk, the lepers were cleansed, and the deaf did hear, the dead were raised up, and the ' Rev.iii. n, 17. ^ Luke xviii. S<5. ' Ibid. ver. 37, m. 486 O THE HEALIG OF THE BLID. poor had the Gospel preached to them'." Of His
 
character as the Messiah, he had obtained some knowledge, for he addressed Him as the ** Son of David." Probably, he had heard of His wonderful compassion ; that none who sought of Him deliver- ance from misery, however poor, or friendless, or wretched, were turned away. Perhaps he recol- lected, without understanding the spiritual import, that in the days of the " Son of David," the eyes of the blind should be opened *'. At any rate, He who might heal him, was passing by. He would not wait for a better opportunity. He would not stop to calculate the probability of success. Without asserting any claim to His help ; yea, with a con»- sciousness that he had nothing to give, in compen- sation for his cure, he immediately cast himself upon the pity of the Redeemer: he cried, " Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me^." And thus should the blind beggar in the spiritual sense seek for deliverance. The fame of Jesus, as the Saviour of sinners, has been spread abroad through all ages. Prophets have proclaimed it. Apostles have de- clared it. His own miracles of grace have testified it. By raising Him from the dead, God hath also approved Him unto all men, as His " Messenger of the covenant ''" to this lower world, to give salvation to its sinful inhabitants, by the remission of sins. Destitute of the joys and benefits of the light of life, exposed to innumerable perils and privations, poor and friendless, shall sinful men, when this Messiah, who is ** mighty to save'," passes near them, neglect to call upon Him, defer to seek His help ? What though they have no claim to His assistance ? What though they cannot remunerate His love ? He offers • Matt. xi. 5. ^ Is. xxix. 18. ' Luke xviii. 38. " Mai. iii, 1. ' Is. Ixiii. 1.

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