And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
(Matthew 9:27-31 ESV)
It is not easy for blind people to navigate the world, especially when they are trying to follow another person. But that is exactly what two blind men do in today’s passage. They followed Jesus right into the house in which He was staying (possibly Peter’s home).
Their request was for mercy. They did not offer up their own past good deeds or their own future promises of good behavior. They did not seek pity for their condition. Mercy, by definition, can only be bestowed on one who does not deserve it. These men knew they were unworthy and appealed solely to Jesus’ mercy and power to heal them.
By calling Jesus ‘Son of David‘ the men were identifying Jesus as the Messiah – the one God promised would come from the line of David and would perform all kinds of miracles, including healing the blind [Isaiah 35:4-5].
Notice that these men proclaimed Jesus to be the Messiah publicly – as they followed Him. This was dangerous as the Pharisees were so against Jesus that they removed anyone who identified Jesus as the Messiah from the synagogue [John 9:22]. Yet these men had no fear because they knew the truth.
We have a very similar situation in our world today. Those who proclaim Jesus to be who He said He was – God in the flesh and the one and only way into heaven [John 14:6] – are often ridiculed. Those who publicly disagree with our leaders on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage are ostracized by the media and punished by the government (e.g. refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding). Taking a public stand with Jesus and against earthly leaders came with a price back then and does so today.
But it is only belief (faith) that can improve our lives. These blind men believed that Jesus was able to heal them and that is why they were able to have their sight restored. It was according to their faith that Jesus was able to heal them.
Jesus is still willing to heal our world today. Despite the fact that we’ve created our own mess on this planet – all of it as a result of rebelling against God in some way or another – God is still willing to set us back on course [Psalm 107:17-22].
But without faith that cannot happen. Sadly, our leaders have zero faith in Jesus, if they even recognize His existence. Many of our leaders are directly opposed to the Bible and the truth it contains (e.g. Houston’s lesbian mayor, Anisse Parker).
This is all the more reason for those of us to do know the truth to be as publicly vocal about Jesus as these two blind men were. No one can receive God’s mercy if they don’t believe they are in need of it and that He is more than willing to offer it. People can’t believe the truth unless they hear the truth [Romans 10:17].
And they can’t hear the truth unless those who believe are willing to take the risk and proclaim it.
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