“What Do You Want?” ( Matthew 12: 32, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Two blind beggars in Jericho hear that Jesus and His disciples are leaving. As they become aware that Jesus is passing them by, they shout out to Him, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 12:30) A large crowd is following Jesus; when the people hear the beggars, they rebuke them, tell them, “Be quiet.” The two blind men shout even louder. They want to be heard over the noise of others; they want Jesus to notice them. They desire mercy.

Jesus hears them. He stops. He asks the two, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He doesn’t ask them, “What are you going to do for Me?” or “Why should I be concerned about you over all these others?” or “Why do you deserve My attention, My time, My power?” Instead, He asks them for what they want.

Immediately, the men answer, “Lord, we want our sight.” (Matthew 12:33)

Jesus has a keen awareness of their suffering coupled with a wish to relieve it. With Jesus, the wish is not a ‘pie-in-the-sky’ wish, but a desire He can fulfill. He touches their eyes. At once, their sight is restored. The two men get up and follow Jesus.


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