The setting for today's mini-sermon is Jericho. A large crowd has formed around Jesus and his disciples as they try to leave the city. Suddenly, amidst all of the hustle, a pair of voices can be heard above the din: "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" (Matt. 20:30). All eyes turn towards the voices. Two blind men are seated by the roadside, crying out to Jesus.
How do you think the crowd responded. Wouldn't they have pressed closer, waiting with eager anticipation to personally witness one of Jesus' miracles? Or perhaps someone in the crowd would reach out a helping arm to the men, carefully guiding them through the crowd to Jesus?
But that isn't what happened! Matt 20:31: "The crowd rebuked them and told them to
be quiet . . ."
What a shame! Instead of trying to help the men in their search for the Master, the crowd told them to be quiet!
But of course, you and I wouldn't have reacted that way! -- Or would we? Doesn't this same scenario still happen today? The spiritually blind are all around us, yet when we are approached by someone who desperately seeks Jesus, do we always have the time? Is money too precious? Is the one seeking Jesus too dirty? Sick? Poor? Or perhaps from too bad of a neighborhood? What if those you are with discourage you from helping, saying that the one seeking help isn't worth your time and effort? "The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet . . ."
Lord Jesus, when we are face to face with one of your "blind" children who is seeking help from the master healer, may we always be willing and eager to drop whatever we are doing to guide that person to you. May we be ready and anxious to show your hungering child even a small portion of the the mercy that You bestow on each of us daily!