“Jesus healed many people of diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits, and he granted sight to many blind people” (Luke 7:21). On at least five specific occasions, Jesus gave sight to the blind. One of those miraculous occasions is recorded in Matthew’s nineth chapter.
“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he entered the house, the blind men approached him, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes, saying, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And their eyes were opened” (Matthew 9:27–30).
With spiritual vision, these two guys saw that Jesus was heir to King David’s kingdom, that Jesus was the Son of David. They believed that Jesus, who they could not see with their eyes, had the miraculous power to bring light into their darkness and give sight to their blind eyes. As their eyes were opened, the first thing that came into focus was the beautiful face of Jesus. It was a sight that they would never forget!
Let’s spend a moment thinking about a different kind of blindness... spiritual blindness.
Do you remember the story of Elisha? His servant awoke early one morning to discover that their village was surrounded by the Syrian army. Terrified, he went directly to Elisha. “ ‘Oh, my master, what are we to do?’ Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.’ So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15–17). Elisha’s servant suffered from spiritual blindness. He couldn’t see what God was doing. When Elisha prayed, God miraculously gave him spiritual sight enabling him to see God’s protective presence.
Indeed, spiritual blindness is epidemic. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Causing blindness is Satan’s specialty. “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so that they would not see with their eyes or understand with their hearts” (John 12:40).
The Psalmist understood this and prayed for God’s relief. “Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wondrous things from your instruction” (Psalm 119:18).
Paul prayed for Christians to see God’s activities. “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength” (Ephesians 1:17–19).
Could we pray like Elisha, like the Psalmist, and like Paul? We must ask God to reveal His powerful presence around us, to help us “to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18–19). Jesus is ready and willing to say, “Let it be done for you according to your faith!” (Matthew 9:29). Jesus loves to give sight to the blind.
All Scripture quotations, except as otherwise noted, are from
Holman Bible Publishers’ Christian Standard Bible.