As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” They said, “Why, yes, Master!”
He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. “Don’t let a soul know how this happened.” But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met. (Matthew 9:27-31 MSG)
In this story, Jesus is met by two people who are in need of something more than what they have. The men showed great faithfulness and initiative as they followed Jesus from home to home.
We don’t know much about this story; we don’t see the distance traveled. We don’t know if Jesus or the disciples spoke to them during the journey. We can assume that these men weren’t alone, as crowds were following Jesus so I can’t imagine it would be easy for these men to grab Jesus attention. We have seen in the gospels of Jesus’ disciples finding ways to push people away from Jesus.
So for these men to grab his attention, it probably was through a lot of perseverance.
Finally, they approached, and Jesus directly question them “Do you really believe?” and they said, “Why, Yes!” And through a personal touch, Jesus healed the men.
I can’t imagine what these men were going through in life. I know being blind in today’s culture is difficult even though we have many enhancements to assist the blind. So living with these ailments in the ancient times must have been incredibly difficult. But these men believed Jesus could take blindness and give them sight.
My ailments are minor, my pain, wounds, and brokenness aren’t much, but when I go to God in prayer for these things, I sometimes wonder, “Can God heal me?”
During Advent, we are celebrating the impossible and miraculous story of Jesus’ birth, and I still wonder “Can God….”
I need to have the faith and perseverance of these men. I need to continue to follow God and plead, “God help me.” So when God’s spirit asks, “Do you really believe?” I can answer with a simple, “Why, Yes, Master!”
And then the personal touch of God will engulf those pains, wounds, and brokenness to make me whole again.
Prepare your heart this season and pray for the brokenness of this world and ask for God’s touch to make God’s kingdom here on this Earth.