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29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Why did the crowd rebuke the blind men who were crying out to Jesus for help? Why tell them to be quiet? Did the crowd believe the blind men were not “worth” Jesus’ time or attention? Was the crowd trying to hide their guilt, out of their failure to care for these men themselves? Did they think to redefine Jesus’ mission, as if Jesus should not care for the vulnerable, the cast offs, the outsiders?
Jesus stopped. He called to them. He asked them what they wanted him to do. The blind men answered immediately. “Lord,” they answered, “We want our sight.” Notice they called him Lord, several times, in fact. They acknowledged his sovereignty. They knew he was David’s son, not just out of genealogy, but because Jesus is the messiah, their savior. They knew Jesus was able to do what they so desperately needed.
It doesn’t appear that the crowd was compassionate on the plight of these men, but Jesus was. He touched their eyes and healed them. Then the blind men followed him. These formerly blind men had received, in a real way, their lives back again. So of course they had to make following Jesus their purpose for living.
I have not received physical sight as these men did, but I know Jesus has changed my life. I am profoundly grateful for the changes Jesus has made in me. Jesus is continuing to heal me, guide me, challenge me and move me to grow to maturity. So like those blind men who were healed, I want to follow him all the days of my life.
I praise you, dear God, for all the ways you are working in my life, and in the lives of those who know you and love you. Let me be responsive to the leading of your Holy Spirit, so I may be faithful to do your will. Let me honor you today in all I do, through the grace of our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.