“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 20:30-34 NKJV)
They shouted for a miracle
What a story! And it is one of the many stories of the miracles that Jesus Christ performed during his short earthly life.
1. “And, behold, two blind men sitting by the road”
They were not hidden at home. But they were outside, among the people, though blind, they were trying to stay social. And they searched and listened for a solution to their problem, they asked.
⦁ Share with relatives and acquaintances. Do what is required of you and is within your power, if you did not know Jesus, ask about Him …
2. “By the road” – Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life ...” (John 14: 6)
They were not “at the road” or “on the road,” but “by the road” and they were blind.
⦁ Hold God’s hand, don’t let Him go. If He is on the other side of the road in your life, a miracle cannot happen. He himself is the Way. Only by following this path of salvation will many miracles happen. Browsing is not just a physical miracle …
4. “When they heard that Jesus was passing by“
Jesus “passes” through everyone’s life. But not everyone stops Him and invites Him into their hearts as their God and Savior. He says, “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)
⦁ When you hear or feel that Jesus is at the door of your heart – do not delay, but invite Him to come in and dine with you – He will listen to you with understanding and compassion, ready to do the miracle you need … But !!! He will not stand outside your door forever. And He will never invite Himself and force His presence.
5. “And they cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
They “cried out”/shouted as loud as they could. They could not see Him, so they cried out for His attention, to notice them.
⦁ Cry out to God, pray. God notices you, He always pays attention to you and is ready to help.
6. “ And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace…” (KJV)
⦁ There will always be someone who will try to dissuade you to give up. Especially when it comes to faith and spirituality, often the greatest resistance and even ridicule comes from family and loved ones. And do you know what to do in such moments? Exactly what the two blind men did:
7. “but they cried out all the more“
⦁ Don’t give up !!! Keep praying, keep looking for a solution to the problem. And when someone tries to make you give up, and you are completely convinced that the impossible is possible for God, shout even louder to Him.
8. “Jesus stopped.” (NIV)
Jesus ALWAYS stops at that bend, at that crossroads, at the dead end, where you call and ask for help. He can’t help but to stop. That’s why He came to earth – to save us … Because He LOVES US!
9. He “called them“
Jesus wants to meet you away from the crowd, away from those negative voices around you that are trying to silence you. He wants to talk to you in person in peace and quiet.
10. “and said, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’
They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
If you noticed, the two blind men until now were just shouting “Have mercy on us, Lord …”
⦁ Be specific. When praying, do not repeat for 10 minutes only “Lord, help me”. God is a person. He wants to be our Best Friend. As you talk to your friends, so you should talk to God. Tell Him everything in detail. He loves details and don’t worry about He will get bored. This can NEVER happen!
Admit that even your best earthly friend would wonder if you have suffered a brain injury if you both meet and you keep repeating to him: “Help me, help me, help me, help me, man …!” without sharing what it is about. It is normal for him/her to ask you questions such as: “Calm down and tell me EXACTLY what happened …. When did this happen? What are you going to do now? Are there others involved? …” And your adequate reaction is to start telling him/her …
11. “So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes.“
⦁ God’s mercy is immeasurable. His love will not leave you to suffer. He will touch the sick place, your wounded heart, the person for whom you want the miracle to happen.
12. “And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”
⦁ And the miracle happened! Their vision returned. And the first thing they saw was the Miracle Maker, their Healer, God and Savior, Whom they called, Whom they went to, Whom they told about their problem and BELIEVED that He alone would perform this miracle for them.
Be like them. Believe in the Miracle Maker and do not refuse to seek and pray to Him! Follow Him in FAITH and do not let go of Him.
Is there a condition?
I just want to point out something interesting at the end. I found that in the same Gospel story there is another incident, very similar to the one we were reasoning about:
“When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” (Matthew 9:27-29)
I will allow myself to say something that is not recorded, but it certainly was … Jesus did not ask the blind men, “What do you want me to do for you?” Not this time. I am convinced that He heard their silent cries … (I doubt they wanted to make them gold from the dust of the street) … “Do you believe I can do this?” He asked them. “Yes, Lord!” They replied. Here, we seem to have found the condition: “If you BELIEVE.”
Jesus asks me and you today, “Do you believe I can do this?”
I hope we have the faith of the two blind men and say, “We believe, Lord.”
And Jesus will answer us, then: “LET IT BE ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH!”
My wish is to all of us is to have faith in The Maker of Miracles and this faith to increase with each passing day, so that our spiritual eyes will get opened first and so that many beautiful and long-awaited miracles happen!