“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” (Matthew 20:34)
Jesus and a large crowd were on their way to Jericho when they passed two broken men.
The men had lost their sight. We aren’t told if they were born that way or had lost their sight later, but they immediately felt and sensed Jesus’ presence.
The scripture tells us that the crowds berated the men for calling out to Jesus, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!”
The crowd scolded the men and told them to be quiet. They refused.
They shouted even louder to Jesus, “Show us mercy!”
Jesus stopped dead in his tracks.
While it could be said he stopped dead in his tracks because he heard the men’s cries for help, I am certain that he stopped in his tracks because the crowd was trying to silence these two men.
We often want to hog Jesus all to ourselves, don’t we? We can sometimes act like Jesus isn’t big enough to help everyone AND us.
The crowd scolded the men and the two blind men simply shouted louder. They would not be silenced.
Jesus stopped and healed the men regardless of what this large crowd wanted. I believe Jesus heard the two men the first time and wanted to see how the crowd would react. Read Luke 17:11-19 when Jesus heals the ten men and only the one returned to say thanks and give praise: a Samaritan! Jesus often healed people regardless of who he was with, who needed the healing, or even what day of the week it was.
For Jesus, everything was and is a test. How often do we see people in need crying out for the love of Jesus and we hear crowds yelling shut up! Perhaps we join in, in silencing the pleas…
Jesus tells us whatever we do for the least of these we do for him, but we must remember that Jesus did it first. Jesus never asks us to do anything he wasn’t willing or expected to do.
Jesus is the great healer who hears our cries. These two men believed in Jesus even as the ominous crowds tried to silence them. Their faith was so strong they shouted even louder. That is not only faith; that is courage. They dared to proclaim Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior and proclaimed the faith that he could heal them.
I pray as you go through this week that you see those on the margins with new eyes and that you hear the cries of the hurting with new ears. Pray for Jesus to come into your life for healing and hope as well as those on the margins who need Jesus as well.
Rev. Lou Ward
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