The Power of And

St Luke 18:35

And it came to pass, that as He was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way 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 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 to God.

The first thing I notice when reading piece of history is how many times Luke used the word ‘and’. Thirteen times in all!

The word and means: to join together in sequence or joining elements. It almost seems like the word ‘and’ can be a hurdle of its own in this story. How many “ands” did this blind man have to overcome to actually get his miracle? The first ‘and’ relates to time, when you’re going through a trial, time is always the first hurdle to overcome. We want this burden to end today. However, Jesus knows what He is doing.

Romans 5:3-4

And not only this we even glory in tribulations, knowing that the tribulation works patience;

and patience, experience; and experience, hope.

The next step to overcoming is hearing. He heard the multitudes passing by, and what were the multitudes following? They were following the Word of God.

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

Now that he has found the Word he knows this is the answer to his prayer. He, not being able to see, recognized the answer to his needs. And the answer always points back to Jesus!

Now, he had to overcome man. I don’t know why people always try to stop others from coming to the Lord, but they do. When I first became a Christian I had to get past the opinions of others. Then, in similarity to this man, when others see your commitment is real they accept you. Maybe it’s because I just wouldn’t stop talking about Jesus. I was told not talk too much about Jesus. It makes people uncomfortable. Something in me makes me talk more, the Holy Spirit.

Through his own desire to have his life changed forever he causes Jesus to stand still and take notice. When you cry out in prayer to the Lord He will take notice.

The next are the three ‘ands:

And Jesus stood, and commanded him to brought unto Him: and when he was come near He asked him,

Saying what wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?

It’s as though Jesus stood as the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Come before the Throne, petition the Son & the Holy Spirit will deliver.

Next his faith saved him, his eyes were opened, his life changed, and he received.

Now the final ‘and’ is ready, and it was up to him and is up to you. He gave praise and thanks to Jesus! He followed Him always giving thanks.

Maybe that’s why I can’t stop talking about the Lord. I follow Him always wanting to tell others about how good He is. It’s my way of saying, “Thank you Lord.”

He is: “Logos”

“The Word”

Blessing’s

References:

Webster’s International Dictionary 1947

Thompson Chain Reference Bible

100 Names of God

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