Just before Jesus has the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem we have a short story with great significance. Jesus is on his way from Jericho and once again a large crowd has gathered. His popularity was continuing, and it was no wonder that those in authority wanted to get rid of Him. There were two blind men sitting by the road and when they heard that Jesus was passing, cried out, ‘have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David.’
Now they may have simply been crying out for the mercy that comes with a donation to a poor person in the shape of money. We don’t know, but I think it was much more than that. The original word for cried out is ‘Krazo’ which literally means to cry out in anguish, and it is the same word used for the cry of a woman during the childbirth.
And clearly, they know where they stand on Jesus being the Messiah because twice they called Him, ‘Son of David’ which was a popular phrase for the Messiah.
And they were persistent. They were not going to be put off by the crowd telling them to be quiet. The crowd rebuked them, and they just cried out louder. They knew who Jesus was and their hope was in Him alone.
Jesus stops. He is on the way to face death in Jerusalem and He has a few things on his mind, but He still stops. Why? His compassion. Jesus was never too preoccupied to be compassionate and never in too much of a hurry to heal the sick.
Jesus asked them, ‘what do you want Me to do for you?’
‘Let our eyes be open’, they reply.
Jesus full of compassion for them heals them, there and then.
Not because of the crowds nor because of the worthiness or usefulness of the men. It was His choice because he was full of compassion.
He healed and they followed Him.
Today, as we fast and pray, we have much to cry out to the Lord for in prayer. When we do, we can cry out, ‘have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David’.
Jesus hears us and asks us, ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus has the same compassion for us as he did for those two blind men. So, we can ask Him for what others, and we need at this time.
In summary today I want to encourage you to Fast and Pray and join us at 7:30 tonight for Prayer and Praise via Zoom. And remember the story of the two blind men in your prayers.
- Declare who Jesus is
- Don’t be put off by others
- Come with a faithful heart that Jesus will hear and respond because He is full of compassion
- And then share what is on your heart for others and yourself
- And may the Lord have mercy on each one of us. Amen