Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Luke 18:36-37 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
The beggar interacts with the crowd; he asks a question and gets a response. He seems part of the community, even though he is begging. He knows them; they know him; his presence is accepted and tolerated. He is a normal part of life.
But something in his life is about to change because of what he has been told. Jesus is passing by. But Jesus - a man, the answer also tells us, from Nazareth, miles away from Jericho - doesn't know him. Why should He? Jesus isn't a part of the community and, presumably, other people's beggars aren't anything to do with Him.
What would you do if Jesus was passing by?