Matthew 20:30-31 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
“Two blind men were sitting by the roadside.” These guys had no problem knowing what their handicap was. They couldn’t see. As a result, they were sitting by the roadside, kicked to the curb because of their brokenness. I wonder if they had heard of Jesus before that day or if someone in the large crowd that followed Jesus told them who He was. When they heard that Jesus was within earshot of them, they shouted out, “Have mercy on us!” Imagine for a second a large crowd around Jesus. It wouldn’t be a quiet scene. Everyone talking and interacting. Yet, above all that, these two shouted loud enough to be a bother to those in the crowd. And then when they were told to be quiet, they shouted even louder, “Have mercy on us!”
Now let’s change the scene a little. What’s your handicap? You know, that brokenness that sidelines you. See yourself in that broken state. Maybe it’s an addiction or a temper that you can’t control. Maybe it’s the lies you hide behind to make yourself look good or that need to be in control. Do you know your woundedness? Do you see your neediness? Can you admit that you need help? Now, if Jesus was walking by, would you be humble enough to ask for help? What if you weren’t alone? What if you were surrounded by family and friends? What if you were in the middle of church and Jesus walked in? Could you shout out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
These men knew their need and would stop at nothing to ask for help from the only one that could offer them mercy. What about you?