35 Jesus was approaching Jericho. A blind man was sitting by the side of the road begging. 36 The blind man heard the crowd going by. He asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 So the blind man called out, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way commanded him to stop. They told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When the man came near, Jesus spoke to him. 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “Lord, I want to be able to see,” the blind man replied. 42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.” 43 Right away he could see. He followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
A blind man (begging), hears a crowd approaching, finds out it’s Jesus, (it seems he’s heard of him before) & he shouts for the Son of David to have mercy on him & not once but twice. Those travelling with Jesus tell the man to be quiet but Jesus hears the man, waits for him to come to him & then He asks the stunning question “what do you want me to do for you?”
If Jesus stopped and asked me “what do you want me to do for you?” how would I answer? What would you answer?
This passage highlights to me that Jesus hears me, even in a crowd, He hears when I call out for mercy (compassion/help/kindness/forgiveness). He stops – he waits for me, He wants to know what is on my heart, what is it that I want Him to be involved in in my life today. It seems obvious to us what the blind man would want – but Jesus asks the question. The blind man goes big – he was begging, he has needs – but he asks Jesus for the impossible. Am I asking Jesus for the impossible? Jesus commends him for his faith & he’s healed. This blind man and his faith challenges me.
Lord Jesus, I believe you do stop and ask us. You hear, you stop, you ask & you care – this man’s faith has challenged me not to hold back but to go big in asking you for the impossible; Jesus increase my faith. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson