Thursday, January 21, 2016

What do you want?

 Consider the following episode from Jesus' earthly ministry:
Matthew 20:29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
Two blind men have heard of Jesus.  They know He is the promised one who would come from the line of King David...the Messiah!  Because they are blind they are limited in their mobility and it took some effort to position themselves in a place where they would be near Jesus for a few moments as He passed them.  They would have one brief opportunity to get His attention and then He'd be gone.  And they seized that chance to cry out in hopes He would hear them...despite the crowd and the noise.  They called repeatedly out in humility and submission to the one they knew was sent from God..."have mercy on us, Son of David!"  They pressed on, despite the rebuke of the crowd.  When Jesus heard their sincere plea He stopped...Jesus stopped everything, stepped away from the crowd and asked them this question: "What do you want me to do for you?".
In our personal need are we willing to position ourselves close to Jesus?  Will we humble ourselves and cry out to the Son of God?  Will we throw off the attempts of the enemy to persuade us that are unimportant?  Will we express our need to the only one who can meet it?  And when He touches us and opens our eyes to Himself...will we follow Him?
Rob Smith

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