And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
(Matthew 20:29-34 ESV)
Today we conclude the story of Jesus and the two blind men which we began yesterday. They took advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have Jesus heal them. Jesus’ response to these men is no less eye-opening than the men’s approach to Him.
Notice Jesus stopped and called them to them. These men were blind. It would have been difficult for them to find their way to Jesus if He kept moving. So He stopped and directed them to Him with the sound of His voice.
This is exactly how God is with us. He is not a moving target. He calls us to Him so we can find Him. Nor is He silent – He is giving us instructions on how to find Him everywhere we look. All of life points to God – everything from nature itself to the family unit [Ephesians 5:25-33; Revelation 21:2, 9].
Jesus then asks them what they want Him to do for them. Jesus was God. He never asked a question because He didn’t know the answer. In this case He simply giving the men a chance to ask Him to give them sight.
Sometimes in life we don’t get things because we don’t ask. I once saw a group of teenage boys trying to encourage their friend to ask out a girl in a food court. I don’t know if he ever did. But I know that if he didn’t he didn’t get the date.
Similarly God is willing to do things for us. But we need to ask Him. If what we ask for is within His will for us, He will do it.
As soon as Jesus touched their eyes they immediately recovered their sight (which implies that they were once able to see) and followed Him. The appropriate response to meeting Jesus is to follow Him.
Notice also that Jesus had pity on these men. Life on earth is tough. It’s a lot tougher than God ever intended it to be. God created Eden. We created the mess that is now the planet. But God understands. He isn’t mad at us. He isn’t looking for opportunities to punish us. He’s compassionate with us and is more than willing to help us out of the mess we’ve made.
Jesus was on his way to die. He would be dead in a little over a week and He knew it. Yet he wasn’t focused on himself. He took time to address the needs of others. This is exactly why he came to earth [Matthew 20:28].
The request of these men was short and simple yet profound: “Lord, let our eyes be opened”. There is no greater prayer a person could pray. Everyone needs to have their spiritual eyes opened. We all need to see Jesus, receive the healing He offers (the forgiveness of our sins), and follow Him. And if we ask Him, He will make that happen.
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