We find this story in Matthew 20:29-34 where Jesus Miraculously heals two blind men sitting by the roadside outside the gates of Jericho. Its not a long read, just five verses, but this reading unpacks most certainly what we all go through today in our walks of faith. It also proves a point: That Jesus is more than just someone who “saved” us, He continues to be our Lord who saves us everyday with an abounding amount of grace and love.
I love this story because it points out two important points:
- How much in need we are of Jesus
- How we can Trust in the provision of Christ when we call upon His name
Just like the two blind men, we are afflicted by something that is crippling us. For the blind men it was their loss of sight, and for us, it could be something physical too. Or for most of us, it could be something spiritual, psychological, or emotional like fears and insecurities. Sometimes their are barriers and obstacles involving family, school, work, or even anxieties that bring us on the defensive. We end up reaching a point where we finally realize our insufficiency to provide for our own lives and our own needs, where we can’t do it all and we are eventually brought to our knees. Just like the blind men, we find it impossible to get up on our own. But where we see the shift in the plot of the text is when we read the middle of verse 30:
“…and when they heard that Jesus was passing by…”
We see earlier in verse 29 that a great crowd was following Jesus, why? Because Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. Jesus was doing the impossible, healing paralytics, casting out demons, giving hope to the oppressed, eating in the homes of tax collectors and sinners. Jesus was a friend of sinners because he did not seek to justify the sin, but the sinner. So you could imagine that when these two blind men heard that the one who could do the impossible was near, they shouted in faith:
“Lord, have mercy on us Son of David!”
What do you think you would have done? What do you think you could do now? Just like the blind men, we have the opportunity to call on the one who saves, on our healer and provider. Even when others only look at your circumstances and shun you just like the blind men:
“The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent…”
The two blind men who were sitting by the roadside were most likely begging for money. They had lost there sight and in society, were considered the bottom of the totem pole. The people following Jesus must have thought, “Who do they think they are calling Jesus? A renown teacher and discipler like Him has nothing to do with a couple blind beggars.” Just like today we may have people, even maybe friends and family who look at our circumstances and shake their heads. Who say that you will never be good enough, or that you have no future, no promise in life. But the blind men did not let the crowd dictate their opportunity:
“…but they cried out all the more, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Don’t let the crowd around you dictate your opportunity to come to Jesus. Come as you are, even undignified, call upon the name of Jesus, the one who can provide what you need. Despite being outcasts in society, Jesus came to them as they were, just as Jesus calls us to come to Him as we are today. With our struggles and anxieties Jesus wants to meet you where you are at.
“And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.”
Through this, the blind men were able to use this testimony of faith and restoration to follow Jesus. Just as we should use our testimonies to remind us of God’s love for us and provision.
What is your testimony? How can you use it to trust in Jesus? How can you call on the name of Jesus in your struggles? Speak to Him as if you were speaking to a friend or loved one, open your heart to Him and He will restore you. Come as you are.