Jesus heals two blind men

The Miracles of Jesus

March 8, 2021

Jesus heals two blind men

Matthew 9:27-31

Each week, when we go to church, there are certain rituals that are performed during worship. Two of those rituals are confessing our sins and being absolved of them by the Pastor. Below is one of the many confessions and absolutions you may acknowledge at your church.

Pastor – Most merciful God,

Congregation: We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have daily sinned

against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left

undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as

ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Pastor: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was sent into the world to die for us. Through Him and

for His name’s sake, we receive grace and forgiveness for all we have done and are empowered to

become children of God. Go now in the knowledge that your sins are forgiven.

Amen

As Christians, we do the same thing throughout the day and week. We pray to God for the forgiveness of sins that we knowingly and unknowingly commit. And, because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are forgiven.

Today’s devotion involves two blind men, who never ask for healing, but they do confess to Jesus that they believe:

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, 

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” 

They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 

Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 

And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them,

 “See that no one knows about it.”

But, they went away and spread his fame through all that district.”

Here again, we have another healing based on faith. In this instance, though, recovery was not asked for. Let’s look at a few essential points from this passage:The two blind men address Jesus as the Son of David.  What implications do those represent?

Their words tell us that they believe that Jesus is the Christ. He is the Messiah they have been waiting for.

The blind men didn’t ask for healing. They asked for mercy. They understood that they were sinners and needed forgiveness.

Jesus replies to their pleas by asking them,

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

The blind men respond, “Yes, Lord.” 

Then Jesus replied to them, “According to your faith, be it done to you.” 

What happened during this exchange?

The blind men confess that they know they are sinners, and they acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.

Jesus absolved them of their sins, healing them spiritually, as well as healing them physically.

We must confess our sins regularly, at church as well as privately and directly to God. We confess, He absolves. The most remarkable thing is that God doesn’t hold any of our transgressions against us.

We are forgiven through the blood of Christ, shed on the cross.

Dear Lord. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to sacrifice Himself for our sins. Help us always to come to you in the confession of our sins and transgressions with a penitent heart as we ask for forgiveness. Amen

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