As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He entered the house, the blind men came up 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, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Matthew 9:27-30A
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
In every society there are those who are all set and those who are not, those who manage life well and those who don’t, those who navigate the avenues that lead to success and those who don’t. When it comes to faith in God, the successful are always less likely to respond than the downtrodden, the marginalized, the outcasts, the infirm, etc. Those who know they need help are always more open to Divine intervention than those who think they don’t need help.
Today’s Scripture is about two men who came to Jesus for help. What would you think if this passage said, “As Jesus went on from there, two successful men followed him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” No way, right? Throughout the Gospel accounts, there are many who come to Jesus for help and they are always those who are hurting, needy, and wanting help. The successful came to him as well, but it was always to challenge, test, and oppose him. They were afraid he was going to mess up those avenues of success that they had been navigating so well.
The two blind man had three things going for them. First, they knew they needed help. Second, Jesus was in the vicinity. And third, they were not blind to who Jesus really was. The two blind men cried for “mercy” from the one they recognized as the “Son of David.” No one is “all set” until they cry out for mercy from the Son of David. We are all downtrodden, marginalized, outcasts, infirm, etc. when it comes our standing before God. Jesus said to the two blind men, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Jesus then touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” The result was, “And their eyes were opened.”
The two blind men did not come to just anyone. They came to someone they believed could reverse their blindness. They recognized Jesus as the Messiah (God in the flesh) and came to him for being made right in every way and trusted in him to do it and he did. The necessity of faith in Christ is for all people, everywhere. He alone can make us right with God. It is up to us to come to him and truly believe he is “able to do this.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I have come to you. I do believe you are the Messiah, the Son of David. You and you alone are able to make me right with God and you have. Thank you for coming into this world as the Messiah. Thank you for helping me come to you. Thank you for helping me to recognize my need. Thank you that I am no longer blind. Amen!
Posted on Mon, August 15, 2016
by Ken Hart