by Jesse Hendley

Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By
Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 18:39

Now I want to call your attention to this story this morning and the text is found in verse 37. "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by." I want to speak to you on the crisis of the soul this morning. The crisis of the soul. Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. Let me give you the picture. Here is a blind man in the city of Jericho. A man who cannot see. He can hear. There is nothing wrong with his ears but his eyes cannot see. He hears a tumult and he hears a great mass of feet passing by. In this tumult, the passing by of the people, he says, what is this going on? He begins to make inquiry about it. Who is this. What is all of this. Someone told him that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. This is a crowd around Jesus of Nazareth as He is passing by.

When this man heard about Jesus of Nazareth he immediately cried out, Jesus thou son of David have mercy on me. The people tried to hush him up. It is interesting how many times we read about people rebuking those trying to get to Jesus, trying to stop them. So they tried to stop him. They rebuked him. But he cried so much the more. He was not going to let Jesus get by. He wasn't going to let the Son of God get by. This was his crisis time. There is no evidence that this man ever had another chance to lay hold of Jesus Christ but this time. He is not going to let his chance go. He is not going to let his opportunity go. This is the golden opportunity. This is the time to get Jesus. This is the time to receive Christ. This is the time that I can lay hold of the Son of God. This man knew this. This man knew that this was a crisis time, Jesus was passing by. He wasn't stopping by, He was passing by. He was moving on. But He was moving by him. This was his opportunity so he cries so much the more, Jesus thou son of David, have mercy on me.

Christ met him at this point, for the other people had come ahead, had gotten parallel to him ...

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