These two men had probably been sitting in this very same spot for years, begging for money. Literally surviving on the compassion of any passerby. Today would probably be no different. As they sit alone in their darkness awaiting today’s fortunes, they begin to hear faint rumblings in the distance and to smell the dust as it is churned up by the feet of a large crowd coming up the dirt road. Hopefully the masses of people, as they rush by won’t trample them. Maybe they will get a few extra alms if some in the crowd are generous.
As the crowd approaches, the two men begin to hear some in the crowd shouting a name, shooting beacons of hope through their darkness. “Yeshua*!” They’d been hearing a lot about this itinerant rabbi from Nazareth, exciting things, hopeful things. They’d heard rumors that he had the ability to make the lame walk and even the blind see! They’d even heard talk and were beginning to wonder themselves if this man could possibly be the long-awaited Messiah! Could it be that today – this day – Yeshua is among this crowd?
Soon they begin to smell the sweat and dirt, and feel the heat of the bodies passing. Yes, Yeshua is among them – they can hear the people shouting and feel the excitement in the air. Suddenly, today is so very different – and they begin to shout, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Over and over. The crowd telling them to be quiet, but they shout all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” We will not be quiet! We will not be silent!
Suddenly, they hear a voice like rushing wind and sweet perfume all rolled into one. “What do you want me to do for you?” It’s him. They ‘d never heard his voice before, but they knew. Suddenly, the crowd that had been telling them to be silent became silent themselves. With strength of knowing he was their only hope, they replied “Lord, we want our sight.” At that moment it seemed as if all heaven became silent for the answer. With great compassion, Yeshua responded by reaching out to them. With the gentleness of a mamma caressing the face of a beloved child, he touches their eyes. Immediately, as if the heavens were opened wide at his touch, light floods, not only through eyes that moments ago were black, but through their entire beings. Their only response is to rise up from this place and follow him.
Oh, that I too would sense that today is also like no other. That today, if I would but call out to him and not let him pass by as if he were like everyone else that daily surrounds me, I too may find the heavens opening and light flooding into my dark places. For this Jesus isn’t like any other. He makes the lame walk and the blind see, whether physically or mentally or deep within the soul – this one is able. He is the only one who is able – so with every ounce of my being, today, I must shout, “Lord, Son of David have mercy on me. I want my sight!”
Story adapted from a story in the Bible found in Matt 20:29-34 (NIV Version)
29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.30 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!”
31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
*NOTE – “Yeshua” is the Hebrew word for Jesus.
Also, this rendering of the Bible passage was found on Bible Gateway http://www.biblegateway.com
If any of you reading would wish me to cry out with you, I know he is able. He has reached into my darkness so many times and brought his sight to me. I would gladly pray with you. Just leave a message. Or if you have a story of a time Jesus met you on your road, I would love to hear it.