Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)
“Jesus, son of David,” the blind man calls out. Lutherans are known for an emphasis on law and gospel theology. This can sometimes cause us to mistakenly see the Old Testament as law and the New Testament as gospel. Losing sight of the fact that there is one eternal God, we see a vengeful God of wrath in the Old and a forgiving God of love in the New. The blind man’s call serves as a reminder that God’s law and gospel are found throughout the scriptures. Flowing from cover to cover are God’s messages of grace and mercy and calls to repentance of sin and newness of life. Jesus is God’s Messiah, the expected descendant of King David, the one who is from eternity and who will reign forever. When the people wandered in exile, longed for home, and had their land restored, Christ was there. Likewise, wherever you are, Christ is there, calling you to a life of active faith.
“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.” In the name of our Triune God. Amen. (Text: Irish, 8th cent)