Intro: Spiritual vision is a precious gift from the Lord; in Christ we are granted the ability to see into the spiritual realm of truth. The veil has been torn for believers to enter (Mt 27:51). Much of the world is blind to the truth, because it has rejected the sight or revelation Christ alone can bring to life. We might be able to see things in the natural, but find ourselves totally blind to the true things of the heart—our desperate need for the love, mercy, and forgiveness of God being the greatest truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6). “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Ac 4:12).
If we want to see into the spiritual realm of truth, we need God’s work of salvation in Christ, so we can be led by the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, we will be tempted to live our own truth. Beloved, God never asks us to find truth by identifying our authentic self and then living for our own happiness or pleasure. That is a lie; Satan’s propaganda to rob you of life with God. We are to live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Mt 4:4). If we refuse to live under the authority of God’s Word, we are spiritually blind. Instead, we are to live, move, and actually have our being in Christ—God’s righteousness (Ac 17:28). We are God’s children of Light, not Satan’s pawns of darkness (Mt 5:14).
In our passage today, Jesus is recognized by two blind men; they know he is the Messiah even though they cannot physically see him or witness his miracles. God allows them to see into the spiritual realm for salvation. These men now want to see in the natural, so they can live for God empowered by the Spirit of Truth. In contrast, the Pharisees see and witness every miracle Jesus does among them, but they choose to remain spiritually blind to the truth Christ offers and instead live their own truth. Their hearts are hardened and they choose to stay that way.
“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” John Heywood
Matthew 20:29-34 (NLT) Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them.
But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Prayer: Father, thank you for opening my eyes, so that I might see the glory of Truth—your Son—and; therefore, how I must now live for you. I am blessed and I thank you with all my heart. Help me to keep my eyes focused upon your Word as I am led by the Holy Spirit into all Truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.