When The Blind Can See
How Much Influence Does Sight Really Have?
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 20:29-34)
Who were these blind men?
We don't really know who they were, but we do know something about them. These men were educated in the Scriptures. They believed in the Messiah, and knew that He would come from King David's lineage. Not only that, but they believed that the Messiah would be able to give them something that they probably had never had before; sight.
When they heard that Jesus was coming down the road, they called out for Him, but the crowd tried to shut them up. "Be quiet! Shut up! Shut up!"
The blind men knew that this was their chance to meet the One whom they had believed would come, and receive something that they had been living without for years. They ignored the crowd, and shouted all the louder to try and get Jesus to notice them.
The blind men obviously had great faith, and couldn't wait any longer to meet the Messiah whom they had heard was coming. Jesus called them to Him, and asked them what they would like Him to do.
This was an easy question for the blind men to answer. "We want to see, of course!" Perhaps sometimes we take our own sight for granted. How many things would we not know about if we were unable to see. Yet, these blind men, even without being able to see, could see that the long awaited Messiah had finally come, and they were more than happy for God to be glorified through their situations.
The blind men addressed Jesus as Lord, and asked for their sight. They didn't ask if He was able to give them sight. They knew, they believed, and they received.
What happened next?
Did they go off on their merry way? "Wow, we can see! Thank You, Lord, nice seeing You. Take care now, bye, bye, then."
No, the Bible says that they followed Jesus. Whatever they had in their lives now paled in comparison to what they had found in Jesus. Whether or not the blind men expected the Messiah to show up in their generation or not, we do not know, but we know that He did show up, He did give them what they believed He could, and then they also followed Him.
The blind men could finally see. They could go and find whatever they wanted to look upon, yet they chose to follow the One who made all things possible. At the same time, the religious leaders could see Jesus. They could see all of the work that He was doing, and the effects that were happening. However, they chose to fight against Him, in order to keep their own religious positions.
We may be able to see, but that doesn't guarantee that we always know what is really going on, or that we will be able to experience it. The religious leaders experienced nothing, and they could see with their eyes. They also awaited the Messiah just like the blind men, however, when the Messiah appeared, the religious leaders showed the true nature of their hearts, and that all they had was just religion. They were perfectly happy just being religious and appearing important in front of the people, and hence they received their reward. The blind men, although they could not see with their eyes, awaited the Messiah, and when He showed up, they were ready for Him, and not just their own speculations about who the Messiah would be, and what He would do.
The blind men weren't counting on religion. They were counting on the real thing, to show up in a real way, in their situation. Even though they were blind, they indeed could see what was going on.