Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday morning thoughts

And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:29-34 ESV)

This morning during our Bible study we discussed this passage throughout a study on the questions that the Lord Jesus Christ asked during His earthly ministry. Before I note anything on this passage, I do wish to say that I am so thankful for Kurt who leads this study each week. The brothers that participate are such an example and blessing to me and my family and I am forever indebted to them.

One of the many things that strike me about this passage is the simple, yet striking fact that throughout the entire counsel of Scripture we have this simple example, that God gives grace to the weary, the weak, the destitute, the rejected, the poor, and the lame. You see, those are exactly the kind of people who are "looking for something." I know that there is more that could be said about this. The statements above in no way mean to imply that the "poor" means those without financial means, though it certainly doesn't exclude them.

You may read this passage and say "yes, Jesus had the power to heal." You may say, "yes, this is one of those miracles that we heard Jesus performed." You may be asking "why are you talking about this passage?" Well, there is great hope in this passage. You see, this passage, like the entire account of Scripture, is saying something to you and to me about the very nature of God.

It is very interesting indeed that the lowest person in the eyes of that society (those who were begging) are those exactly to whom the Lord extended His grace when they called out to Him for the help that they sought. (More to say about this in the future).

Therefore, if you find yourself as those whom society has rejected, either because of your low standing by birth or because of something that you have done in the past, call out to Him, just as these guys did. It doesn't matter if society tells you to keep quiet and to keep yourself "down", call out to Christ, and not only will He hear you, He will heal, and forgive. This is surely the greatest news ever reported in the history of this world.

In Christ,


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