Christ is entering Jerusalem with the horrors of the cross facing Him; He know it; He sees the weakness of His disciples; He is accosted by a blind beggar at the crisis point of His life. How does He react? It shows how wonderful He truly is. Today’s devotional will explain. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
What a Wonderful Savior!
Matthew 20:29-34 English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
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,[a] 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.
Matthew 20:29-34 ESV
“For one thing, let us mark what strong faith may sometimes be found, where it might least have been expected. Blind as these two men were, they believed that Jesus was able to help them. They never saw any of our Lord’s miracles. They knew Him only by hearsay, and not face to face. And yet, as soon as they heart that He was passing by, they ‘cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.’
“Such faith may well put us to shame. With all our books of evidence, and lives of saints, and libraries of divinity, how few know anything of simple, childlike confidence in Christ’s mercy and Christ’s power…
“For another thing, let us mark what wisdom there is in using every opportunity for getting good for our souls. These blind men sat ‘by the wayside.’ Had they not done so, they might never have been healed. Jesus never returned to Jericho, and they might never have met with Him again. Let us see, in this simple fact, the importance of diligence in the use of means of grace. Let us never neglect the house of God, — never forsake the assembling of ourselves with God’s people, — never omit the reading of our Bibles, — never let drop the practice of private prayer….
“For another thing, let us mark the value of pains and perseverance in seeking Christ. These blind men were ‘rebuked’ by the multitude, that accompanied our Lord. Men told them to ‘hold their peace.’ But there were not to be silenced in this way…. ‘They cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.’…
“We must ‘pray always and not faint’ (Luke xviii.1). We must remember the parable of the importunate widow, and of the friend who came to borrow bread at midnight. Like them we must press our petitions at the throne of grace, and say, ‘I will not let thee go except thou bless me’ (Gen. xxxii.26)….
“Finally, let us mark how gracious the Lord Jesus is to those who seek Him. ‘He stood still and called’ the blind men. He kindly asked that what it was that they desired. He heard their petition, and did what they requested. He ‘had compassion on them, and touched their eyes—and immediately their eyes received sight.’… The Lord Jesus is not only a mighty Savior, but merciful, kind, and gracious to a degree that our minds cannot conceive. Well might the apostle Paul say, that ‘the love of Christ passeth knowledge.’
(Ephes. iii.19).” [J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels I, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1856-1873), p. 259-262]