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.” And their eyes were opened.
There are many accounts of the miracles Jesus Christ performed throughout His time on earth. Many accounts of healing, deliverance, and life changing encounters he had with all types of people, and although there is great significance in each experience, today I wanted to focus on the story found in Matthew chapter 9, verses 27-29.
Many of us are very well aware of this particular story — and for most, this may have been just another account of Jesus’s compassion, and healing power. However, every individual whose story has been recorded holds great depth that we can gain from, if only we would look a little closely. Today I wanted to draw on 3 specific points from the story of these two blind men. As you read these words I pray that they will speak into your life accordingly and help you gain the truth that is hidden in them.
Recognition: “Son of David Have Mercy!” This sincere cry for help reveals two things. First, we see that there was absolute recognition of Jesus’s identity, and secondly they recognized that they were dependent on His kindness, rather than any merit of their own. They cried out to Him knowing exactly who He was and what He was capable of — having recognized that only He was able to do for them what no man could. This doesn’t seem as fascinating until you go back to the story and realize that they were physically blind. These men had no sight, yet they cried out to Him in such a way that stood out from the ones who could in fact, physically see Jesus. Let’s dwell on this a for a minute. Even in the physical blindness, when all else was not visible, the only thing they could see was Him. Their lack of physical sight did not affect their spiritual awareness to the presence of their Savior. You see, the reason most of us today can’t see Him is not because He’s not there — but it’s because we don’t recognize Him in the midst of everything else that’s going on around us. We haven’t become familiar with Him and as a result, we don’t recognize Him when He’s actually there. We can’t seem to recognize the presence of Jesus in the midst of our problems, our worries, our trials and storms, our depression, our pain, our fears, our doubts, etc. therefore we drown and struggle in ways that we never ought to. Whatever that “crowed” represents in our lives, it has become more visible to us than Him. So naturally, it becomes much easier to deny His presence than to accept the blindness that we are suffering from. While these men suffered from physical blindness, today we face spiritual blindness, yet still demand to see with our physical eyes what our spiritual eyes have not yet seen. Remember that the first step towards their healing was recognizing the only One who could heal.
Faith: “Do you believe?” This is the question that Jesus immediately asked them when He heard their cry. Interestingly enough, it’s also the question we are asked every single day. In many different ways throughout our lives, He is always asking us, “Do you believe I CAN heal you?”, “Do you believe I CAN provide for you?”, “Do you believe I CAN be for you what no one else can?” — and the way we live our lives is our response to these questions. When Jesus asked them this question it wasn’t because He didn’t already see their hearts, but it was to push them towards believing in His ability. The bible clearly tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. If we can’t push ourselves to have faith in what He can do, then we won’t be able to see what HE CAN and is willing to do. A lot of us today have no problem verbalizing what we want from God, but we do have a problem with believing in His ability to do what we have asked for. Our words, and the condition of our hearts are not aligned, therefore in most cases we never see what we have asked for being fulfilled. Remind yourself that believing is not what determines the power of God. God can do whatever pleases Him, whether you believe in Him or not. But believing is what will activate YOUR ability to SEE the power of God. By believing you are willing to partake in what is waiting to be revealed.
Results: “According your your faith, let it be to you”. There is something very powerful about His response to them. Jesus allowed them to choose. He has sufficient power that He is already willing to pour out, but the choice is ours as to how much of it we are willing to receive. We can choose the limits we put on faith. We can choose the limits we put on the promises of God. We can choose the limit that we put on the blessings in our life. We can choose how much of Him and His power we desire to see in our lives and circumstances. We choose the outcome that we want to see. You see, God works according to our faith, and not anything else. Take a look at Israel — the perfect example. Their lack of walking by faith, limited God’s blessings and the results of His blessings in their lives. In Psalms 78:22 we see the scripture tell us that “they did not believe in God and did not trust His saving power”. If we are going to limit God by our comprehension, we stop walking with God by faith and therefore limit the results we expect to see. When Jesus tells these men “according to your faith let it be to you” He’s simply saying “I have made available to you what you have desired to receive from me, but the same faith you had in asking me is the same faith that will determine what you will receive.”
As you begin this week I want to encourage you to trust in Him. All He desires from us are hearts that believe He CAN do it, the rest is all on Him. When we believe in His saving power, when we believe in who He is then we are becoming willing for His will and power to be fulfilled in our lives. Some of you may be reading this and your present circumstances may be very difficult, you may be in a place where you feel lost, alone, and helpless. I want to encourage you by reminding you that you are never out of His reach. If you can’t see Him, or feel Him, it’s not because He’s left you but it’s because you haven’t stopped to notice Him in the midst of whatever may be crowding your life. Take a step back from all the chaos, from all the stress, from all the fear and confusion, and simply cry out “Son of David Have Mercy!” He is a compassionate God who looks to those who need Him, and tends to the cries of His children.
See you next Monday!