For Those Who See

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”

–          Matthew 8:16-17

 

When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.  So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

–          Luke 7:20-23

 

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

–          John 20:26-29

 

 

Wally, of Truth in Palmyra, done me wrong, as the old man says.  Don’t get me wrong.  I appreciate what Wally did.  He commented on a Cookie Crumbs to Live By post with a video of the Booth Brothers singing a song that I had not heard.

 

Okay, I love the Booth Brothers, so I figured that I was behind on my music listening.  I have Amazon Prime.  That let’s me go to Amazon Music at no additional charge.  (Not solicited plug here.)  So, I searched for the Booth Brothers.  About the tenth song was “He Saw It All”.  Most people know it as “The Blind Man Song”.

 

Something comes over me every time I hear that song.  I weep.  (Thank you, Wally, my eyes are well lubricated today, no need for artificial tears.)

 

Oh, to have been there when Jesus healed so many.  How could you not believe?  They SAW IT ALL.  Yes, even the guy in town that everyone referred to as the blind man.  They would have to call him something else from now on.

 

Yet, many did not believe.  Many were afraid of this man who taught a story contrary to the Pharisees set of impossible rules.  He endangered the status quo, but “how can we rid ourselves of Him?  People are healed by simply touching the hem of His garments.”

 

You see, they see without seeing.  There is seeing, but not understanding what you saw.  There is also seeing, but “I am not giving up my cushy job to follow Him.”  Then there is Thomas’ response, “My Lord and my God!”

 

Do you have people close to you who do not believe?  Do not fret.  Do not get angry, because you want them to understand.  None of that will bring them to the point where they will ‘see’.  Only God can do that, and from the Scripture above, Jesus is good at it.  But each time you see what you can see, what others cannot see, pray for them.  And it is okay to cry, for one day Jesus will wipe away our tears.

 

Here are the words and a link to a Youtube video of the song.

 

I was working in town one afternoon
Attending some business affairs
I heard a commotion a couple streets over
And wondered. “What’s happenin’ there”

A young man was running from in that direction
And stopped just to catch his breath
I asked him to please tell me what was the hurry
He smiled up at me and he said.

I was trying to catch the crippled man
Did he run past this way?
He was rushing home to tell everyone
What Jesus did today
And the mute man was telling myself and the deaf girl
He’s leaving to answer God’s call
It’s hard to believe but if you don’t trust me
Ask the blind man, he saw it all
Go ask the blind man, he saw it all

So my friend if the troubles and burdens you carry
Are heavy and dragging you down
You’ve tried everything you can possibly think of
There’s no relief to be found
That very same Jesus that altered the future
Of a blind man, the deaf, and the lame
Is still reaching out in your hour of trouble
One touch and you’re never the same.

You’ll be trying to catch the crippled man
Did he run past this way?
He was rushing home to tell everyone
What Jesus did today
And the mute man was telling myself and the deaf girl
He’s leaving to answer God’s call
It’s hard to believe but if you don’t trust me
Ask the blind man, he saw it all
Go ask the blind man, he saw it all
He saw it all

–          Daryl Mosley , (Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4H-J5Ynpog

 

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