Jesus Touched More Than Their Eyes

Jesus announced to His disciples that they were going to Jerusalem. He tried to explain that in Jerusalem, He would be condemned to death, beaten, and ultimately crucified. As they travelled to Jerusalem with a crowd following, two men cried out from the side of the road. The crowd rebuked them, but the men cried even louder. Then something happened…Jesus stopped. A short conversation ensued. Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “We want our sight.” Three things immediately happened. He touched them, they regained their sight, and then they followed Him.

Jesus healed the blind men because He cared for them. He healed them because they asked with faith, humility, and out of desperation. But he ultimately healed them because He desired for them to follow Him. I am intrigued with the original language of this text. The word for eyes in verse 34 is not the same word that is used for eyes in verse 33. The word used in verse 33 is the familiar word, used 100 times in the New Testament. The word in verse 34 is a peculiar word used only one other time in the NT. Is there any significance? It may be hard to say for sure, but the word used in verse 34 is used in non-biblical sources in reference to the “eyes of the soul.” Perhaps Matthew is saying, Jesus touched their eyes, and at the same time He touched their souls. The result was that they followed Jesus. In fact, Mark records that Jesus said, “Go” as in “Go your way.” Their way was to follow Jesus.

Think on these things today.

1. God loves us more than we can imagine.

Jesus stopped. The crowd is following. The crowd seeks to silence the two blind men. The cross is before Him, but He stopped.

2. God longs for a heart that asks with proper motives.

The blind men are great examples of the saying, “You don’t know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you’ve got.”

3. God lifts us out of our earthly circumstances so that we might follow Jesus as Lord.

You can’t imagine God’s love for you. Those of you who feel far away, you cannot imagine His love. He is pursuing you. He is pursuing you today. To those of you who have followed Jesus for a long time, don’t ever forget or doubt His love. To all of us, He calls us to follow Him as Lord. This is not just a title. “Lord” reflects a testimony of following Him in every decision of life.

(This post is based on the message “What Do You Want Me To Do For You?” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)

Jesus Stopped!

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd demanded that they keep quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”

33 “Lord,” they said to him, “open our eyes.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed him. (Matthew 20:29-34 CSB)

Jesus announced to His disciples that they were going to Jerusalem. He tried to explain that in Jerusalem, He would be condemned to death, beaten, and ultimately crucified. As they travelled to Jerusalem with a crowd following, two men cried out from the side of the road. The crowd rebuked them, but the men cried even louder. Then something happened…Jesus stopped. A short conversation ensued. Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “We want our sight.” Three things immediately happened. He touched them, they regained their sight, and then they followed Him. The fact that Jesus healed these two blind men is an incredible story. In fact, it is a miracle. But, the fact that the healing happens on the way to Jerusalem makes a profound impact.

In the midst of the earthly sorrow of the suffering to come and the eternal significance of dealing sin, Satan, and death a Divine blow, Jesus Stopped! Why? Because He cared. He had compassion on the needs of two men.

Here is what we learn when Jesus stopped to heal the two blind men. God is never too busy to be concerned about our problems. God is never too bothered to be concerned about our problems.

Is the journey to Jerusalem important? History does not know of a more important trip! Is the blindness of two men important! Yes!

Are there more significant problems in the world than your problems? Yes! However, at the very same time God cares about what you are facing more than you can imagine.

Pray for First Baptist Christian School

Last fall, during our Prayer Emphasis, we began, as a church, isolating “one thing” of prayer each week. I hope each of you who are members of First Baptist Church, Lafayette, are doing this with me each week. Just this small item has added much to my prayer life.

This week, our “one thing” of prayer has been to pray for our church associated school, First Baptist Christian School. I chose this for our prayer because we are in the middle of re-enrollment for next school year. Our current students and families have been asked to re-enroll by February 20. After that, our admission will be open to the public without space being guaranteed to our current students.

The events at the high school in Parkland, Florida, have a way of making our prayer for our school and all schools even more urgent. As so many have said this week, our families deserve to drop their children off at school each morning with the certain belief that they will pick them up later that day. Oh, how we pray!

Allow me to highlight a few items of prayer for our school. You add your own list to your particular situation.

1. Pray for financial resources beyond tuition dollars. We made a commitment as a church a few years ago that we believed God was calling us to expand our school’s reach to high school. I noted at the time that my experience was that high school was about four times more expensive than elementary school. I still stand by that. We need people to come alongside of us, who believe in Christian education, to help us not put on the backs of our families these costs. Every day, I am weighed down by a list of things our school needs. Pray!

2. Pray for new students. We need to be filled to capacity at every grade level. The financial math works much better if we are at capacity for each section that we open. Pray that God will send us students.

3. Pray for future capital expenses. Beyond our day to day operational costs, we have inevitable capital improvement costs that have to be considered. We are working now on getting a plan of what this will be.

4. Pray for our teachers. Pray that each one will have a special calling. Pray for their families.

5. Pray for daily physical and spiritual safety. The events in Florida this week are a reminder of the kinds of things we think about every single day.