“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The Illuminating Touch

(Please read Matthew 9:27-29 and John 8:12)

August 10

One thing the two men had going for them was persistence. They followed Jesus, crying out for him to help them. When Jesus turned and entered a house, the two men followed and caught up with him inside. Their plea was simple and straightforward: “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” Since both men were blind, it may not have been easy for them to follow Jesus right into someone else’s house, but they were intent on a single objective – getting their blindness cured.

Jesus knew what they wanted. He asked, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Their answer, though only two words, at once both affirmed their faith and acknowledged Jesus’ rightful position among men. “Yes, Lord,” they said.

Then came the touch. Yes, just a touch, as Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” And, that quickly, the men were no longer blind. Jesus’ touch had given them sight, and light. Their darkness had ended, their lives wonderfully illuminated in an instant by his touch.

Jesus came to give light, to illuminate the hearts and lives of people with radiance that only he can provide. Zechariah, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied concerning him as “the rising sun” (Luke 1:78, NIV). Jesus promises to bring spiritual light to people of all races in all nations.

We cannot feel the literal touch of Jesus’ gentle hand as he lets his light into our hearts. But we can feel that illuminating touch by reading about him in the Scriptures, and getting to know him through his teaching and his deeds.

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