Friday, December 3, 2010

12/3/10 - The Blind Can See The Christ

Matthew 9:27-31

27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed (him), crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!"

28 When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith."

30 And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."

31 But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.


I love this episode. Two blind men, who have NOT seen the miracles that Jesus is performing but can only hear of them, identify Jesus as the "Son of David." By calling Jesus the "Son of David", they are identifying Jesus as the Christ. And because the ancient Scriptures said that the Christ would be able to heal the blind, they ask for Him to heal them.

From the blind came true recognition of divinity. We don't know what other people thought, but we do know that these two were on the right track, and that Jesus immediately responded to their prayer for help, according to their faith.

Furthermore, the blind men teach us a great lesson. They hear Jesus is nearby. They follow him, get his attention, and cry out for His help. They understand that they NEED Him. They won't ever get to where they wants to be without Him. They don't spend their time before Jesus trying to justify why Jesus should give them what he wants, or making promises for how they will behave in the future if He helps them. They bow down and ask for His pity.

Like these guys, I need to understand that I NEED the Christ on a daily basis, and call out to Him for His mercy.