“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
These two blind men were declaring their faith that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah when they called him “Lord, Son of David”. There are numerous passages in the Old Testament that prophecy that the Messiah will be from the line of David. A few of those are Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-3, and Jeremiah 33:14-16. This prophecy is fulfilled in Matthew 1:6.
They were physically blind, but their spiritual eyes had been opened through what they had heard about Jesus. They, unlike many people in Israel at the time who were spiritually blind, recognized Jesus for who He truly was. Because they believed He was the Messiah, they also believed that Jesus could heal them.
“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” – Isaiah 35:5
Despite the crowd trying to get them to be quiet and not disturb anything, they persist in both their declaration of faith and request for healing. Jesus then stops and has compassion on them, healing their eyesight.
“Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”
Fully healed and restored, they are now followers of Christ and witnesses for Him. Could you imagine meeting them as they tell you who Jesus is and what He has done for them? The joy on their faces and excitement in their voices? Yes, they had been healed and given their physical eyesight, but Jesus as Messiah meant so, so much more than physical healing. Here was the hope of the nations!
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope.” – Matthew 12:18-21
It is through Jesus that we can all say, “I once was blind, but now I see.”