Rejoice!

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

Luke 18:31-43

THIS is how we should respond to the miracles of God: by praising Him. So often we are more like the disciples, blinded to God’s works and focused on ourselves. But the blind man can see again, and so great is his rejoicing that it cases the people around him to praise God as well! Imagine being that filled with joy! Imagine being filled with it every single day. Because every day contains miracle after miracle from God. Not the least that we are forgiven because He suffered for us. I mean, should we even need another reason? CHRIST HAS PUT AN END TO DEATH AND SUFFERING!!!

REJOICE!

But there are other reasons to praise God, countless numbers. There are no end of reasons to be as filled with joy as the blind man. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

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