As Jesus departed, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Show us mercy, Son of David.” When he came into the house, the blind men approached him. Jesus said to them, “Do you believe I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “It will happen for you just as you have believed.” Their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “Make sure nobody knows about this.” But they went out and spread the word about him throughout that whole region (Matthew 9:27-31, Common English Bible).
I find it interesting, as I read through the Gospels, when Jesus does something for others, before he does it, they must have faith that he can do what they ask him to do. The ruler, in yesterday’s reading, had to have faith. Also in yesterday’s reading, the woman with the chronic condition, had to have faith before she touched Jesus’ robe. In today’s lesson these two blind men had to have faith before Jesus would cure their blindness. I find that interesting.
This says a couple of things to me. Though Jesus is omnipotent, he doesn’t seem real willing to use divine power for people who don’t believe he has the power to start with. He could, if they said “no, I don’t believe,” say himself, “well, you don’t believe? I’ll show you.” But Jesus never was about things like that. Besides, if the two blind men didn’t think Jesus could heal them, why would they even ask?
The other thing this says to me is, when we have faith, good things can happen to us. That does not mean that when we have faith bad things will never happen to us. Such an idea is far from reality. It also doesn’t mean that good things never happen to unfaithful people. It just means we have God in our corner. And, as Paul put it, “If God is for us, who can be against us.” If God is for us, it doesn’t matter who is against us.
There is one more thing I read here I believe to be important. It has little to do with faith. Jesus often tells those he heals not to tell anyone what he did, what happened in the healing (and they almost never listen and go out and tell the known world). That says to me, Jesus isn’t in it for the glory. Jesus wants to make a difference in the lives of people in need.
I think we can learn something from all this. First faith is important and second, even when we find ourselves out of the limelight, the things we do can and will make a difference in the world around us. Friends, it isn’t about us. It is always about showing others how they can see Jesus in the face of good and difficult times. In other words, it is about Jesus.
How is your faith? Will you show someone else to Jesus?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved