– It is what it is –
Luke 18: 35-43
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
‘It is what it is’ is a phrase that has been developed in our lifetime, voted as the number 1 cliché phrase in 2004, it continued to be used a lot so that now there is hardly a day goes by without hearing it from someone.
It usually means, ‘I cannot fix it, it is out of my control, I cannot change it, it is immovable.’
Jesus with his disciples and a large crowd were approaching Jericho on their way to Jerusalem. They are about to pass by a man who has not until today found a way to deal with the major issues of his life.
We all have something that needs to be overcome and in some cases it may well remain with us all our life. Sometimes they are hidden from most people and at times, like with this man, they are not.
Beggars were often seen outside either the Temple or the city gates. It was there that they were best able to capture the passing traffic, hoping for some coins, some alms-giving.
This was just another ordinary day for the beggar. However, he was ready for his day to change. He had lived with hope even beyond hope. He had never given up the thought that his sight would be restored. It was this that had moved him to become a seeker of the Healer.
You must never allow your problem to set your pace and plot your course. ‘It is what it is’ does not have to be said over your situation.
When the beggar is told who it is who is passing notice what he does not say: ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Something that Nathanael probably lived to regret saying.
It was to Nazareth, a remote tiny Galilean town that angel Gabriel came to a young virgin girl named Mary. To Nazareth, a town so insignificant it wasn’t even included on the census lists of that time. It was here that Gabriel announces: “Greetings, Mary, you who are highly favoured!” Mary of Nazareth was chosen for a unique role.
A blind beggar on the roadside of Jericho at the feet of a man from Nazareth. It is what it is. NO!
That’s not the picture that the man has in his mind. That’s not how he is going to let it end.
It doesn’t matter where you have come from (Nazareth) nor where you are now (the Jericho roadside) it doesn’t have to be the place you remain at.
Get over yourself.
And then: Magnify God in your life.
Somehow this man turned his attention from ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ to ‘Jesus Son of David’. At some point he had come to know that Jesus was more than just a man. He was the Messiah and as such He would open blind eyes to prove that He was indeed the Anointed One.
Magnify God in your life. He is bigger than your situation and circumstance. Don’t pronounce ‘It is what it is’ when He is bigger than you can ever imagine.
It is what you accept. So what will you not accept today? Especially when Jesus is passing this way.