Luke 24:31 (NIV)
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
Mark 10:51-52 (NIV)
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
How does a person come to faith in Christ? Do they just make up their own mind and decide? Are the ones who believe in Jesus the ones who saw it clearly and believed because of the evidence? Or is there something more?
How did the blind man receive his sight? Did he just decide to see again or was there something more?
In our text for today, we see two disciples walking home to Emmaus and one blind man who could not see. The two had Jesus walk with them, though they did not recognize him. Over the course of a couple of hours and during an evening meal, the Scriptures said they had their eyes opened. They did not open their eyes, they had them opened.
The blind man ran to Jesus but he was still blind when he came to Jesus. What gave him his sight? Did he just decide to believe that he had sight or was it something more?
In both cases, we see the operative object is not the faith of the men but rather the willingness of Jesus.
In both cases, they looked to Jesus. The blind man knew he was blind so when he was with Jesus he simply asked him for his sight and he received it. It was a gift from Jesus, not something the blind man worked up on his own.
The two men on the road to Emmaus did not know they were blind for they could still see where to walk but they did not know Jesus when he was right there with them. In this context, Jesus used the Word of God and the sharing of a meal to open the eyes of his two disciples.
Can you see Jesus this on this resurrection morning? Do you have eyes that see the him who is invisible this morning? Take a moment and open his Word and ask him to help you see again. Perhaps the resurrected Lord will reveal himself to you through sharing a meal with someone, or perhaps, he may reveal himself to you as you sit in worship and hear His Word taught by someone filled with his Spirit. If you want to see him he is willing to open your eyes this morning just as he did the blind man and the two disciples.
Lord, open my eyes that might see you again,