“Lord Have Mercy On Us”

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 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!” The crowd demanded that they keep quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” they said to him, “open our eyes.”  Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, CSB 2017).

The book of Matthew gives an account of two blind men who were being verbally admonished for crying out to Jesus Christ as he was passing through. The crowd wanted the men to keep quiet, but they refused to listen and cried out even louder to Christ. The cries of these men were heard, and Jesus took mercy on them and opened their eyes and their vision was restored.

Imagine for a moment what could have happened if these two men would have silenced their pleading once the crowd demanded they keep quiet. Would they have received a miracle from Christ or would have Christ continued on his journey without performing a miracle? Scripture does not provide a direct answer to this question in Matthew chapter 20. However, Matthew highlights the point that the men cried out louder as the crowd attempted to control their action. This resulted in them gaining the attention of Christ and their request being granted.

The Christian walk is filled with detractors and distractions. In our own walk with Christ we are faced with moments that we must decide to show faith or sit down and be quiet. Do we listen to our own detractors who are critical of our faith? Do we listen to our own inner crowd that whispers in the back of our mind that God surely would not listen to my prayers because I am not a perfect Christian, or do we cry out louder over all the voices, Lord, have mercy on us?

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