Matthew – Fulfilled.
It is always shocking and unexpected to be blindsided when working hard to be a difference, trying to do our work well, while striving to live life as close to what Jesus is taught us to do. We get busy doing, passionately involved in our work and we don’t see it coming. It’s like being t-boned in a collision where you obeyed the traffic rules but someone hit you with their car who did not. Both vehicles and bodies are damaged by the hit. How do we survive the hits of life? We all need mercy. We need eyes to see with a desire for the Master’s mercy.
Evil has a way of disrupting life, is the author of confusion and weaves it way into our thinking and behaving when we least expect it. We can live life trying to be good but as we learned this week, no one is good but God. Only the Master can extend mercy and forgive us. He will do that when we call out to Him, honoring Him for Who He is and ask specifically for pure mercy that saves our souls.
The blind men by the side of the road, called out to Jesus as He passed by. “Master, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The titles of honor that they shouted got Jesus’ attention. “Master”, “Son of David” were titles reserved for the Messiah who was to come and was here! Jesus STOPPED! Jesus stood still! Did you get that? The blind men knew WHO Jesus was and called out to the Son of God! They knew HE could heal them.
Jesus called over the noise of the crowd and asked, “What do you want from me?” This is a profound question we all should consider answering in our heart of hearts. Do we want Jesus to heal our blinded eyes, heart, minds and souls to truth so we can grow and mature in His ways or to just fix our immediate inconvenience so we can go on with life as it is? “What do we want from Jesus, the Master of Mercy?”
Matthew 20, The Message
29-31 As they were leaving Jericho, a huge crowd followed. Suddenly they came upon two blind men sitting alongside the road. When they heard it was Jesus passing, they cried out, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!” The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!”
32 Jesus stopped and called over, “What do you want from me?”
33 They said, “Master, we want our eyes opened. We want to see!”
34 Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant, and joined the procession.
Think about it…
Jesus STOOD STILL and focused on their need when they called to Him, acknowledging who He was.
Jesus saw their hearts as well as their affliction of blindness. “We want to see!”, the men call back to Him. They wanted to see our Master and join Him. Deeply moved by what Jesus saw in their hearts, He opened their eyes instantly. The men’s immediate behavior of joining the procession of praise reflected what Jesus saw in their hearts.
What does Jesus see in my heart?
Call out for mercy, but be specific and intentional. “What do you want from Me?”, asks Jesus. When we thoughtfully and humbly answer, He will heal our spiritual blindness, help us when we are blind-sighted by this world and it’s way of thinking, and set us free to join Him in a life of unconditional love, generous grace and limitless mercy.
“We want to see!” We pray in Jesus Name and by His Power, Amen.