Friday, 13 April 2018

Open my eyes

And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. – Matthew 20.31-34

This is one of those times where Jesus ministry is focused on healing. Two blind men were sitting on the side of the road calling out to Jesus. The crowd was trying to shush them, but they continued to cry out ‘Have mercy us O Lord, the Son of David.’

‘What do you want’ Jesus replied.

‘Open our eyes Lord,’ they said and Jesus touched their eyes and gave them sight.

These two men were dealing with physical blindness. They could not see anything around them until Jesus gave them sight.

Most of us won’t suffer physical blindness, but spiritual blindness is a different matter. Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers would have the ‘eyes of their heart enlightened’ to the truths of God’s word. I think there are times when all of us suffer from that spiritual blindness. We just don’t see things the way that God does. At those times we need to pray ‘open our eyes Lord.’

I once saw a video about a chap who was handed a pair of glasses. When he put them on he could see all the needs and issues of people around him. He saw people with the same eyes that Jesus would. It reminds me of where Paul wrote to the Corinthians about how the love of Christ compels us to longer see men according to the flesh but as people who need a Saviour.

Lord, open my eyes to see you and to see the needs of those around me. Remove the fleshly scales from my eyes so I can see this world the way You do.

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