Hearing Jesus Above the Crowd

“And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.” (Matthew 20:29-34)

Have you ever been silenced by a crowd? Peer pressure, intimidation, rejection, rebukes…these can be powerful, strong forces and hard to resist! But Jesus has what we truly need and He is full of mercy and love.

“And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed Him.”

A great crowd following Jesus. They obviously had seen Him perform miracles of healing, and whether they realized He was the Son of God or not, they knew He was special and powerful. They were curious enough to stop what they were doing and follow Him. They had a need, and they thought maybe, just maybe, He has the answer. I wonder how many realized He is the answer and He is all we need.

“And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!'”

Blind men, sitting by the roadside, possibly begging for food because they had no other options. They were at the mercy of others and dependent on them for their every need. Suddenly, they hear the sounds of a large crowd approaching. Perhaps they hear shouting as people rush past them running toward the approaching crowd, “It’s Jesus! He’s here!” Or maybe someone kneels down on their mat and whispers, “It’s Jesus. He can heal you.” They just know that Jesus is coming near and they are not going to miss this chance!

The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent…

What? The crowd following Jesus tells these men to be quiet. Why would they rebuke them and try and silence their cries of help?

Maybe they are more concerned with their own need than the needs of these two blind men.

Maybe they want Jesus to focus on them and are afraid these men will be a distraction.

Maybe they are enjoying following Jesus and they know if these men call out, Jesus will hear and probably stop. They want to keep following Jesus in a crowd and these men could stop their fun, end the excitement.

They are focused on following Jesus but missing the reason He came–to love people and save them!

but they cried out all the more, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!'”

They would not let the crowd silence them!

When the crowd said, “Be quiet,” they got louder. When the crowd tried to keep them from Jesus, they pushed their way towards Him even more. We must always do the same!

Beloved, don’t let the crowd keep you from the mercy and love you need. No matter what, cry out to Christ! Find quiet time and get away from the noise and distractions. Seek Him and rest in His presence.

And what did Jesus do?

Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked.

He knew what they wanted, but He also knew what they needed. Jesus knows our deepest desires. He hears us and He loves us. Always!

‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.”

Compassion, love, healing. Jesus is all we need.

Don’t let anyone or anything get between you and your Savior. Run to Him. And if you’re weary and can’t run, cry out to Him all the louder. Nothing can stop you from getting closer to Jesus. Cry out to Him today. He knows your pain. He knows your fear. He knows your heartache. He knows what you need and He is the only One who can make it all better.

Cry out to Him now and let Him fill you with peace and love, and ease your burden.

You are loved, my friend. Trust Him.

~*~

Lord, I need You. The crowds are yelling and life is hard. I’ve let myself be consumed with the cares and stresses of this life and I’ve let Your loving voice be drowned out by the noise of this life. Speak to my heart, Lord, and help me know the depth of Your love for me. When I’m tempted to be silent, help me cry out to You all the more. Thank You for loving me. Be near, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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