Matthew 20:29-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight
29 Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.
30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
31 Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
"Have mercy on us, O Lord!" cried out two blind men.
--Jesus was leaving Jericho for Jerusalem, "a great multitude followed Him." All needing mercy.
--But these blind men, called in prayer, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David" (v 30)
--They needed mercy. Wanted to see .. and see Jesus.
--They wanted to know God. To be saved.
Fanny Crosby, writer of 6000 beloved hymns, was also blind - not healed. God in mercy used her greatly!
--She found security, not in sight, but in Jesus her Savior, and in His Word. The Lord blessed her so.
Growing up in Texas everyone knew blind Joe Friedel.
--He ran a news, candy and popcorn stand in town.
--God showed His mercy to him, and all who need it.
--All through the Bible - and life - we see it.
"Have mercy on us, O Lord, "was the prayer for years of Lucy and Dick Gray, and daughter, Kathy.
--A precious family of faith, in a long ministry and relationship of prayer - as Lucy had cancer.
--Her prayer, "Lord, may I live long enough to raise Kathy for You, in Your mercy." God, others, first.
--Many in the church, as we, joined them in prayer.
The Lord answered those prayers, but after about ten years of remissions, Lucy knew her time had come.
--She called my wife and me and friends to the home.
--Giving glory and thanksgiving to the Lord, we held a little worship service, around her as she wished.
--She shared plans for her own funeral - her favorite hymns, Scriptures - for a celebration of life, not death; of joy not sorrow. Lucy was amazing.
--She said, "In mercy, God has answered my prayer to let me live long enough to raise Katy, now a teenager, so let us all praise the Lord." We did.
These blind men, given sight and salvation, rejoiced for they "followed Jesus." Probably known in town.
--People care for the blind. Do we for the unsaved?
--Physical blindness is sad; spiritual is much worse.
"Have mercy on us, O Lord," the blind men repeated.
--The crowd kept trying to stop them, "be quiet!"
--"They cried out all the more, 'Lord, have mercy on us'" (v 31). Blind, but they knew Jesus is Lord.
--They had heard about Jesus - all He did and can do.
Jesus heard, stopped, called, "What do you want Me to do for you?" God wants us to be specific in prayer.
--"They siad, 'Lord that our eyes may be opened."
--My friend, that is my prayer, for all people.
--That God may open all eyes to the Savior, Jesus.
--He is able to lead all ages to follow the Lord.
There is a recorded story of a Civil War soldier injured, in the trenches, calling for needed help.
--In West Virginia one of the church secretaries had a husband interested in this period of history.
--They later moved to Virginia in the center of many of such battles and in visits, shared this story.
--This young boy was badly injured and no medic near and in his misery, kept calling, "Lord, have mercy on me." Often. And aloud. "Lord, have mercy!"
--Soon his buddies nearby joined in this prayer.
--Until all up and down the trenches, prayers ascended, together, "Lord, have mercy!" And God did!
--Their cries brought help to that young man.
Some day all must ask for God's mercy to save us, as Jacob, "I am not worthy of God's mercies" (Genesis 32:10).
--May we all be sure that Jesus is our Lord, and Savior; that we may respond, to His holy will.
--Let's begin now. Yielded. Give Him first place.
These blind men would never have that opportunity again to follow Jesus - it was now, or never. Why?
--Jesus would not pass that way again, for he was on His way to the Cross, to suffer, die, and arise.
--To fulfill the prophet's words, and God's promises.
--To do what the Law of Moses, and offering of lambs and sacrifices, could nt do. Jesus does!
From a blind man's life of begging, to following the Lord with joy - what a change Jesus made!
--They begged not for money, but mercy. And got it.
--God's mercy is so much better than money.
--Do we realize how we are blessed by God's mercies?
--Imagine what things can be like in disasters, tragedies, difficulties, losses, ills, so many face!
No one could cure blindness - but Jesus did.
--They came to the right Person, to give sight - and salvation! No one forgives sin .. or save souls as can Jesus. No one as sensitive to one's needs.
So "Jesus had compassion, touched their eyes. Immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him," circle this miracle in Matthew 20:34.
--These two blind men had great faith; combine faith with mercy and compassion of Jesus, what do you get? You get miracles! You get followers.
Having made us, God can mend us; and having loved us God can save and fit us for heaven - like these men.
--"They followed Him." Friend, who do we follow?
--Follow Jesus! With our eyes on a heavenly prize.
--To begin a marvelous fellowship of joy and peace.
In the crowd, there may have been others, blind.
--But these men acted. They called on Jesus.
--They would not have another opportunity as this.
--"Jesus was passing by." They called on the Lord.
Now able to see, these men saw Jesus with their eyes wide open - as Healer, Savior, Lord and Friend.
--They saw the beauty of nature. The world around.
--Able to see their families, children, neighbors.
--"Their eyes were opened" to see Jesus! Are ours?
Physical blindness is sad, but spiritual blindness is so much worse, when one cannot see Jesus as Savior.
--As Messiah, fulfilling countless prophecies so perfectly, and His amazing miracles, and messages, as no other ever produced. Sacred and sinless.
--Couple this with His crucifixion, for our sins and His glorious resurrection - we see Jesus, as God.
Jesus said to doubting Thomas, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
--Jesus equates believing to seeing! Blesses both.
Tu us all, Jesus is merciful, "Jesus had compassion, touched their eyes, they received sight" (20:34)
--Not all the blind, or ill, or handicapped, unfortunately, are healed. We wish they were.
--Yet God loves us all. Is able to save us all.
--Let us love God supremely, and show His to others.
--Better than healing is His salvation and heaven.
--Let the Lord "touch" your heart today.
--Like the men Jesus touched, let's "follow Him."
These men got spiritual sight as well as physical.
--Not only did they "follow" - they were saved!
--How do we know?
--"Thy faith has saved thee," Jesus said (Luke 18:42 KJV) No longer blind. No longer lost. "Saved."
In ministry in lovely West Virginia, I got lost on a mission to an unfamiliar town - made a wrong turn.
--I stopped and asked at a farmhouse for directions.
--A boy came to the door, "I think I'm lost. I want to get to this town, I named. Is this the way?
--The lad replied, "You are lost. You need to go on back, to such a place, turn on Route so and so."
The boy showed me the way. Let Jesus show us all.
The most merciful thing God can do is forgive us and fit us for heaven, with Him and those we love.
--It is for all eternity. At our best. In heaven.
--"No sickness, sin, sorrow, separation; no tears" I read in Revelation Chapter 21. It is God's gift.
--How do we get it? Be "born again" by receiving Jesus as Savior - and repent of sin (John 3).
Then, let's do as Micah 6:8 says, "..do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
--"To love mercy," as in Jesus. To show it to others.
As Jesus said, "Be merciful, just as your Father (in heaven) also is merciful" (Luke 6:36)
--Be living for the Lord. Remember Kathy Gray? She became a missionary. Indeed. "The Lord has mercy."
For all His mercy, what can we all do for the Lord
--Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., D.D. 827