Eyes to See
"As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him." (Matthew 20:29-34)
This was the passage of Scripture I was reading as part of my devotion time this past week. I had to go back and read it a few times because it really resonated with me. Though unplanned, it made it's way into my sermon on Sunday. It became an appropriate reference in conversation today with someone needing encouragement.
I think God was trying to get my attention.
Jesus certainly got the attention of the 2 blind men.
These guys were not about to let Jesus pass by without making some noise. I can just picture a large crowd, the normal crowd noise, and 2 guys shouting to be heard! "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
They were obviously loud because the crowd told them to shush!
Obviously they were not to be deterred because they cried out all the more. They had no way of knowing if Jesus heard them but they were going to give it their best shot.
Jesus stops and asks what they want Him to do for them. I like what they ask for....they asked for their eyes to be opened. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. They asked for their eyes to be opened and Jesus touched their eyes.
It says they regained their site AND followed Him.
I believe their eyes were opened literally and also spiritually. They saw Jesus and they SAW Jesus. Jesus healed people but not everyone followed Him. However these 2 guys FOLLOWED Jesus. They had eyes to see, not just the world around them, but the King of Kings.
I want to see what God wants me to see, who He wants me to see and how He wants me to see!
After reading this passage, my prayer is Lord, I want my eyes to be opened!