Luke 18.35-43 – Spiritual Healing
Posted: 10 February 2011 in Luke

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Like most of the healing stories in the Bible, this one probably has a double significance: Firstly there is a physical healing and, more importantly, there is also a spiritual healing – for which the physical healing serves as a metaphor. Healing requires the prior gift of faith, as Jesus’ words, “thy faith hath saved thee,” makes clear. In fact, the gift of faith actually is a spiritual healing, insofar as it enables us to turn to God for both our spiritual and physical needs – including further healing (which is not to deny that the medical profession has a role to play in physical healing).

Whilst physical sight is useful in navigating ourselves around the world, and doubtless the blind man was glad to have it restored to him, spiritual sight is essential for anybody who would see eternal life – and it comes only from God. With our spiritual eyes open we can read the Bible, and discover the living Word of God, instead of a secular history, or a long forgotten correspondence.

The immediate result of the healing is that the people glorified God, which, as ever, is the fundamental purpose of all Creation.

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