“As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 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!”
The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”(Matthew chapter 20, verses 29-34)
This story of two blind men that Jesus healed is one of my absolute favorite stories about Jesus performing miracles. Apart from the healing itself, we can take many valuable lessons from here on our journey to being healed and changed by the grace of Jesus.
Call unto Him repeatedly
Did you notice how they were rebuked and silenced by the crowd? Did that stop them from calling again to Jesus? No. We do not stop calling unto Him just because of the noises of the world. We don’t stop calling unto Him just because of the enemy’s plot to steal our healing. We must keep voicing ourselves out to Jesus. He could hear us. He could see us, but He would like us to see reaching out to Him intently and passionately just like these two gentlemen.
Ask for mercy
God graciously gives us mercy but asking for it is a very sincere way of showing our humble hearts to Him. Our human nature can sometimes be overcome with pride, but when we admit that we needed His mercy then we also proclaim that He really is our Lord, and we cannot do anything without Him.
Tell God what we want
God knows the ins and outs of our hearts and we cannot hide even the deepest desire of our hearts from Him but remember that we have been given free will and answering God when He asks us what we wanted is a confirmation that we have made our choice in whichever aspect of our life that we put into in prayers.
While praying for His will to still triumph over our desire, God still takes what we want into consideration. Look at these two blind men, God asked them what they wanted, and they told Him that they wanted to be healed and God did. You never know, maybe all God is just waiting for is that you actually tell Him what you want and He is ready to give it to you.
Surrender it to Him
The two blind men had let Jesus touch their eyes willingly. They surrendered their blindness to Him and that’s when their healing started to happen. When was the last time that we let Jesus do what He needed to do? When was the last time we surrendered to Him and let Him in? Just like them, we need to let Jesus touch our lives. We need to allow Him to work in us.
Rather than worrying, let Jesus do His will, relax, and let the enemy watch God work victoriously in your life over and over again.
The last and most important is to follow Jesus! Yes, we may have been healed already and were changed by His grace, but the journey does not stop there. The battle and the victory did not stop there. There is still a lot more to uncover, a lot more to experience.
Jesus had healed millions through His ministries over the last two thousand years. Since we are now awake and born again, it is our time to join and be part of the healing and changing of the world.
The two blind men are just like any of us
Yes, we were just like them before. Broken, blind, confused, and lost. But it is now time to rejoice for we have been healed by His stripes. It is now time to continue what He started. It is now time to bring more neighbors into our homes in heaven.
We were blind in the beginning but through Him, we have been gifted with the most brilliant eyesight that sees the beauty in others and the greatness of the Lord.
Ana Camille (nickname – Camille) Philippines is a Sunday School teacher at her local church and started a few months ago in children’s missions introducing Jesus to the kids through Bible Storytelling, dancing, and singing Christian songs. God's love for me has transformed me into a person who cares about children and stray animals. I find that life only has its meaning when Jesus is the centre of it. I am married to a man of God who is not just my partner in life but also my partner in the mission that God has planted in our hearts.