When Hope Passes By

Luke 18:35-37

‘As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’


The dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.

Albert Einstein was quoted saying, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”

So here we have a definition of hope shaped by humanity, and a nice quote wrapped in a bow from arguably the smartest man to have ever lived.

I submit that both on the surface seem warm and cuddly, but still leave a feeling of emptiness, especially when you’re lost in the middle of a dark night, lost in the pain of hurt and discouragement, or worse.

The problem with the human definition of hope is that it is limited by humanity. At best it’s random and unpredictable, at worst it’s a hopeless attempt at finding answers where there are none to be found.

To explore this further an additional problem with our definition, is that hope is tied to our desires or our expectations. When you’re blind and begging, lost and don’t know the way home, stuck with no way out, all the hope in the world becomes hopeless as long as it’s anchored to our desires and our expectation.

I have come to believe that hope is not a thing but a person.

The blind man finds himself in a position when hope passes by. In this moment of truth he has an epiphany, a moment of revelation that ‘my hope is in Him’.

Maybe while begging for loose change he remembers the religious leaders quoting the Psalms when King David would proclaim ‘no one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame…’

At that moment he grabs hope with both hands, what a moment when Hope speaks back and says: ‘you can see, your faith has healed you.’

I wonder what would happen if you called out to Jesus now, whoever you are, wherever you are.

Amazing things happen when hope passes by!