When we come to the end of ourselves, we might sit and cry, beg for help from our family or close friends. We might even call “time out” in life and just sit in a pool of pity. We are tired of not being able to fix it—whatever “it” is. We don’t know what is next, how our perplexing problem will be solved or who will come to help us. We just know we can no longer live like this.
What if Jesus, who you knew was the Only One who could help you, suddenly walked close by and talked to you–right where you are—at your lowest, sitting in the dirt, waiting to be lifted up, restored, loved, healed and accepted. Your mind might be filled with all kinds of thoughts of what you might say. The One is nearby who could remedy the situation. You can only think to cry out, Jesus, Son of David, to acknowledge you know who He is. You add the words, “have mercy”, because you know HE is the only One who can deliver you. Jesus is Messiah, Deliverer, Healer, Provider, Son of God. Jesus has the power to bring you out of trouble and pain. So, you blurt out the cry for help!
Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Why would Jesus ask this question when it seems obvious to us and to them what the blind men needed most? Maybe Jesus wanted to them to “see” what was the most important to them—their faith in Him. What do you want most from Me? “We want to see!” What Jesus could “see” was their hearts. Jesus healed their sight instantly. But that’s not all. They rose from the dirt of begging to following their Healer. The now sighted men could have gone back to their former work, family and friends and way of life. But they chose to follow the Son of David who showed mercy on the road that day that changed their lives forever.
Sometime I wonder if we frantically cry out to Jesus for mercy while throwing up our hands in confusion when we might be more productive to think about what we really want Jesus to do in our own lives. Jesus might be asking you and I the same faith question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Matthew—God’s Law Fulfilled
Matthew 20:29-33, NLT
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them.
But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Lord, I want to see. I want to see you and understand you. I want to know you more. I want to realize the depth of your love for me so I can love more freely like you. I want hear your voice and follow you. No matter what is going on around me, or how perplexing problems might appear, I want you to restore me and give me wisdom for this journey. Finally, I want to hear you above all other voices so I can follow you without hesitation in pure faith and trust. Have mercy on me. I want to see.
In Jesus Name, Amen