Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. (Matthew 20:29-34)
What Would You Ask Of Jesus
One of the most treasured blessings we have is our sight. Man was not created to be in darkness. Through the means of vision the mind is able to discern the world seeing how to live and move. Some creatures rely on senses apart from the eyes to move about but man needs his eyes (among other senses) to help him possess dominion over the earth. The reason for these men’s blindness is unknown but their life was one of poverty and despair. Sitting by the side of the road begging for any kind of sustenance was a humiliating experience. Looked upon as outcast these blind beggars lived a meager life.
Hearing that Jesus was coming down the road they implored Him to have mercy on them. The Lord’s heart was filled with compassion as he heard their pleas and stopped to ask what they wanted. This was a defining moment for these men. There were many things they could have asked for. Whether they believed Jesus could do any or everything they wanted did not matter. They had a simple request: they wanted to see. These men knew the handicap of living without sight. Darkness had been their life and their only desire was to see. They did not desire riches, power or fame. A basic part of life that is taken for granted by every human being was all they desired in the whole world.
Their hearts were bursting with the hope that possibly for the first time in their lives they could see a morning sunrise. Had they ever seen the majesty of Mount Hermon and its snow topped peaks? What would it be like to see the faces of their family for the first time? It is not likely they would have much education as they could not see the holy text of God’s word read each Sabbath. Jesus asked them what they wanted and they did not have to think long to ask. They wanted to see. Through the power and mercy of God their request was granted. What a moment for these two men. Light began to pour into their brain as finally the clarity of God’s beautiful world surged through their minds. Sight. How wonderful to see. The colors were vivid, the light was penetrating and the details of the small flowers did not escape their notice. They were blind but now they could see.
Physical blindness is a horrible disease. Greater still is spiritual blindness. Those who suffer from physical blindness know they are in darkness. Sadly most that live in the gloom of sin do not see the darkness. Like the two blind men there will be joy when the blindness of sin is realized and relief is sought in Jesus Christ. The word of God is enlightening to the soul and how great is that light. God’s word is inexhaustible with its clarity of truth that fills the mind with the beauty of God’s love. There will never be a time when we can see all there is to see in the message of redemption. The more you spend time in the word of God they greater the light. The greater the light the more joy in following the Son of God.
There are many things that men would seek if given the opportunity to ask of God one thing. Every day that decision is made in the choices we make. Two men stood before Jesus and could ask of Him anything they wanted. They only wanted to see. May we have that simple trusting faith to say to Lord, “Let me see You. That is all I need in my life.”
The Lord hath opened to me by His invisible power how that every man was enlightened by the divine light of Christ; and I saw it shine through all; and they that believed in it came out of condemnation and came to the light of life, and became the children of it. (George Fox, Journal, p.33. 1694)