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)
Two Blind Men Sat On The Side Of The Road
There were only a few weeks left before the Lord would be crucified. He has been steadily making His way to Jerusalem telling His disciples He would be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and he would be condemned to death. Jericho was near Jerusalem (about 15 miles) and as Jesus was leaving the ancient city, two blind men sat by the road begging. When they heard the Lord coming by they begged for Him to show them some kindness. The blind men understood the man from Nazareth was the Christ calling Him the Son of David. Where they learned this and how they accepted the power of Jesus is unknown but it is clear they believed He had the power to heal them. As blind men they were limited in their abilities to interact with the Son of God much less see any miracle. The multitude tried to quiet the men from speaking out but the more they were restrained the more they cried out. Their voices were insistent and persistent. They could not allow the Son of God to pass by without seeking a blessing from Him. Hearing the men Jesus stands still and asked them what they wanted. The question would seem incredulous at first as it would seem obvious what a man would want if they were blind. Jesus chose to use the chance meeting as a time to teach faith and courage. He wanted to know what they wanted Jesus to do for them. Without hesitation the men implored Jesus to open their eyes. The miracle was first seen in the faith the men had in the power of Jesus to do the impossible. Had they heard of Him healing other blind men? What was the basis of their faith in the man from Nazareth? Regardless they begged Him to give them sight.
Matthew records a touching moment in the life of Jesus. The Lord expressed compassion for the two blind men. His heart was touched by their sincere request. They could have asked for anything but they only wanted to be able to see. His heart was moved with the souls of these two blind men and when He touched their eyes they could see. What a wonderful thing these men saw for the first time and what a beautiful face as they peered into the face of God. Standing before them was more than a voice but a man who had touched their eyes with His hands and they could see. It was a defining moment for the two men. The blackness of the blind world was gone. Now in the bright Palestinian sunlight stood the presence of a kind face and loving heart. He had healed them completely. Their sight was given to them by the Son of God. As Jesus turned toward Jerusalem they immediately followed Him. One can only imagine the discussions these men had with everyone along the way. How often did they go up to Jesus and say how much they loved Him and thanked Him for His kindness? Their lives were changed forever because of the touch of the Son of God. He had opened their eyes and now they could see the beautiful world created by the hand of God. Sadly it is probable those same eyes saw Jesus die on a cross in a very short time. As they followed Jesus they were unaware He was going to Jerusalem to die. His compassion healed them of their blindness and His love would soon heal them of the darkness of sin.
All men experience the darkness of sin. Few men come to Jesus seeking His healing power through the touching of the hand of God. Jesus walks among men waiting for them to call out for Him to heal them. He has the power to heal because of where His journey that day leads Him to the cross of Calvary. His compassion took Him to the cross where He died for all men and through His sacrifice expressed the love of the Father to the whole world. He can heal men but only when they cry out to Him believing. The two blind men believed Jesus had the power to heal them and He did. You must believe in the power of God to take away your sin and give you a new heart created in the image of the Son of God. Without an obedient heart there can be no hope. Unlike the two blind men Jesus is not walking towards a cross to die but to the resurrection of all men when He returns. How beautiful heaven must be. Are you ready?