OUTREACH

A Matter of the Heart

There is something about calling out the name of the Messiah that shows where the heart is. 

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Jesus. Two blind men sitting by the side of the road heard that he was passing by and shouted, “Son of David! Have pity on us!” The crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord! Son of David! Have pity on us!” Jesus stopped, called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, open our eyes.” Filled with tenderness, Jesus touched their eyes; and instantly they received their sight and followed him. Matthew 20:29-34

Did these two blind men really understand who they were hearing was passing by them? Why would they call out except to receive the free gift of God’s Mercy and Grace both physically and Spiritually. How serious were these men about Jesus or were they just trying to stump Him to call Him a fraud. 

The Gospel does not tell us if He went over to them right away but Jesus stopped, and sought them out. They felt the Hand of God touch their flesh and like the potter that He is, remade them on the spot. Even better He touched their hearts and renewed their spirit. Of  course some will say, “Well yeah they followed Jesus because He just healed them”. Others may say, “They were players in Jesus scheme to manipulate the masses”. I would think more along the lines of this: When God touches a person physically and spiritually, their entire outlook on life changes. There is something about knowing the Word has reentered the heart and took away the pain and sadness that once was and filled it with God’s Love. Jesus opened their flesh eyes so they could see the Master’s face, and opened the heart’s eyes to see the Majestic Unrequited and full Love of God. They were two blind men who heard that the worker of miracles, teacher, healer, was coming for them.

What was the crowd trying to do? Did they want Jesus all to themselves and bring no more in? Where they fearful of someone else’s faith that it would be stronger and more acceptable in God’s sight? Or were they just wanting to get away from Jericho? All we know is that they tried to stifle the two so that Jesus would just continue on. That whole crowd saw a miracle that they tried to stop. Jesus loves everyone but the heart tells the truth.  

If they did not cry out to Him would Jesus have maybe just walked on by? Well, yes and no. Remember, Jesus wants us to come to Him with our burdens but we have to believe and ask for His help. Yes He would have probably healed them without a word because He sees what is on our hearts, but that would have been too easy. 

Where is your Heart? Will you stifle those who want to see Jesus or will you welcome them in to be saved. Is the church so full that the doors need to be shut to keep people in or is it so empty that the Spirit passes by. If your heart is filled even the smallest bit with Jesus, open it up all to Him so He can clean it. Do not judge another when you yourself will be judged. The matter of the heart relies on the head and the hand. Will you accomplish what God wants or what man desires?

The Choice is Yours but I would recommend the way to life.

 

 

 

 

   

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