My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Lord, have mercy!
As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
(Matthew 20:29 NASB)
And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
(Matthew 20:30 NASB)
The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
(Matthew 20:31 NASB)
And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
(Matthew 20:32 NASB)
They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”
(Matthew 20:33 NASB)
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.
(Matthew 20:34 NASB)
Two blind men were aware of a large crowd of people following this
man named Jesus. They had heard of him and suddenly they realize that
he is coming their direction. Probably with just second-hand knowledge
of this man, they cry out with words of faith. Their cry expresses the
depth of their belief in this man. They call him "Lord" and "Son of
David." Those are significant terms to be applied to this man. It
means that they believe that he is the Messiah -- the promised One!
Their cry is all encompassing. "Lord, have mercy on us!" They could
have cried out that they wanted to receive their sight, but they
understood that their need went to even greater depths and Jesus'
response takes them beyond physical healing. Jesus -- please be
merciful and compassionate -- we want our eyes to be opened. Yes, they
wanted to receive physical sight, but their spiritual eyes would also be
opened! Jesus, in his compassion reached out to them and they gained
their sight. The physical healing was complete and they followed Jesus,
the spiritual healing having begun.
The first step toward physical and spiritual healing is to
recognize the depth of our need. These two blind men realized that they
needed the Messiah to have compassion on them. I am concerned that too
many people today don't even realize that they are lacking -- or that
they have a need! We must examine ourselves and seek to know where we
are lacking so that God, in Christ, can reach down and heal us at that
Realizing their need, they cried out for the mercy, or compassion of
the one that they had come to recognize as the Lord, and Son of David.
Jesus truly is the Son of God! His intervention in this world was to
bring about our healing and restoration. It is through him that we are
able to find our way back to God and to have his image restored within
us. Jesus is the one who has made it possible for us to become, once
again, truly human. We must recognize our need for Jesus, the Son of
God, in our lives!
We are all in need of healing which often goes beyond the bounds of
what may be seen on the surface. The results of sin may cause flesh
wounds, but it is the unseen wounds which are usually in need of a
deeper touch that are not always understood. Jesus does understand the
We need to understand that we are a people who are in deep need of
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We must humble ourselves and
recognize that we are created to work in partnership with him -- and be
willing to cry out to him -- "Lord, have mercy!"