There was SO much truth within the verses in our Scripture reading for today! It was SO rich with truth and had SO many questions I really needed to ask myself and evaluate.
Two blind men are by the road, begging for Jesus to heal them. Think about this for a minute: Jesus is about to go to the cross, and He has just a few more chances for those deceived and rejecting Him to have the coverings over their eyes removed so that they can see Him for Who He really is as their Messiah. And what is this miracle just prior to approaching Jerusalem and the cross, but giving sight to the blind. They yell, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Receiving their sight required a confidence in KNOWING WHO HE WAS. The crowd begins to rebuke them and yet they cry out all the more. Receiving their sight required IGNORING OPPOSITION AND NAYSAYERS. When Jesus stopped and asked what they wanted they said, “We want our sight“. Jesus knew what they needed, but to receive their sight required them ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR NEED. Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes and they were IMMEDIATELY healed and they followed Him. Receiving their sight required them to TRUST JESUS TO RESPOND.
Jesus longed for the Jewish people, His people, to have their blinded eyes opened to Who He was. But they were going to have to ignore what others were saying, acknowledge their need for salvation through Jesus, and trust Him. That’s how the two men received their sight, and that’s the way the Jewish people were going to receive their spiritual sight. Maybe there are some things in your life that you need to be enlightened to, also. Selah.
This was Jesus’ mission:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
That’s why Paul would pray, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened (means “made to see“)…” Philippians 1:18
What is it that you need to see? Selah.
Matthew 21 is Jesus’ triumphal entry. Riding to His death, but already declaring triumph over it, Jesus rides in a victory processional…and yet, the people don’t see it. The donkey and her colt were symbols of peace and parent/child. The cloaks and palm branches spread on the ground were symbols of submission, as the people chanted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!“. So we think they may very well have seen, but the word “Hosanna” means “Oh Save!“. They were saying, “Oh save us from this system of domination by the Romans!” They were not going to understand that this would not be a physical fight of force but rather death on a cruel cross that yielded them life through the forgiveness of sin and a new start in relationship with their Creator.
Jesus goes into the Temple area where they are using it for a “den of robbers” instead of a “house of prayer“. How often do we put all kinds of stuff on the table and it is robbing us of relationship with Jesus. Jesus wants us to come to His table bringing only ourselves so He can talk with us. What does He want to flip off of your table that is stealing away your time from Him? Selah. He wants you to see it, and remove it.
Two prophecies get interspersed to again remind the Jewish people of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, in order for them to see the Truth.
Jesus is traveling back to the city after spending the night in Bethany, and He sees a fig tree that is in season, and appears to have fruit because of the leaves, and yet it does not. It was deceptive. Therefore, Jesus cursed the tree for its deception. Many people are going to miss Jesus because they are deceived into thinking that being good, being religious, and following rules are going to get them into heaven. They are deceived. Jesus wants us to see that it is a personal relationship with Him is true salvation. And it is an acknowledging of Who He is, overcoming opposition and naysayers, and a trusting in Him for salvation, that the fruit is found.
Ladies, there has never been a more important season than right now for us to come together and GROW together and Go together and make a difference in our cities and communities, our country, and world. Jesus does not need some people who appear to be Christians. He needs those who will BE Christians, living as He lived on this earth, giving themselves away on behalf of another, serving those who are in need, and reaching those who need to know Him. Do you SEE it?
KINGDOM LIVING IS SEEING AND HELPING OTHERS SEE
Jesus, we want to see!