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.