Today’s Reading: Luke 18:31-43
Daily Lectionary: Job 7:1-21; John 4:7-26

Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 18:42)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “Your faith has made you well,” Jesus says to the blind man. Jesus gives him his sight back. Faith receives everything from the Lord’s hands. Faith is the open hand that grasps onto whatever Jesus is giving and faith receives it as a gift. The faith, the trust that the man had in Jesus received from Jesus, grasped onto Him and wouldn’t let go and so he received his sight from Jesus.

Your faith works the same way. Your faith clings to Jesus. Faith trusts in Jesus to give you what you need to make you well. Faith receives this. Faith makes you well. Faith saves you because of Jesus. Only faith does this.

No amount of “living more for Jesus,” or “I’ll do better next time, God,” of “at least I’m trying” could have made the man see again. There was nothing he could do. He was blind and lost. He only could hear the Word of Jesus and cry out to Him to save him from his blindness.

So also you. You’ve received the Word of Jesus. You’ve been brought to Jesus—brought to His font where He works to give you the faith that clings to Him and to His salvation. He calls you and brings you to His altar where He feeds you with His Body and Blood.

Jesus says the same thing to you that He said to that blind man: “Your faith has made you well.” “Your faith has saved you. I’ve given that to you with My Word. You’ve been saved both now and forever.” In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

O Lord, we implore You, mercifully hear our prayers, and, having set us free from the bonds of sin, defend us from all evil; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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