Once I Was Blind
Sermon #3- Matt: 20:29-34
Introduction: I have seen people that are blind, people that are deaf, and people that are dumb or mute, but I havn't seen any with all three at the same time. In this story we have two blind men, they were not deaf nor dumb or mute , so they were able to hear the crowd passing by, and they were able to cry. As this story relates to our spiritual condition and the action needed for our being in the light, we can consider this passage in six dimensions.
1.The condition of the men. Their blindness. VS. 30 We have not been told how they got blind, or how long they were blind, whether it was their fault of not their fault, the fact was they were not able to see and that was their plight. We can take note that everyone Jesus met and had any dealings with during His time here on earth, every parable spoken by Christ, every miracle that was done left a message to us as to our relationship with God. In Isaiah 1:6 we read from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it .In Romans 3: 12-18 gives a more detailed description of our condition before God. And that for all by nature and by practice.
2-The concern of the men. Their helplessness Vs 30 . None was arable to help or heal himself or his partner, they both were helpless. This we have found in the scriptures . Romans 5: 8 But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners (Helpless) Christ died for us.
3-The crying of the men. Their Hopelessness. Vs 31 The men realized that their only hope was Christ, they realized that the only opportunity they had was then, and they also realized that they must ask so that the need the all had might be met, so they cried – Have mercy on us, O Lord thou son of David...
4-The consistent crying by the men. Their Carefulness, VS 31, The men considered the urgency of the matter, so they did not stop crying, they cried until their needs were met. Today we believe that one of the main reasons why people are not coming to Christ for salvation is that they do not take seriously their condition before God, they do not see their need of a Savior, and they believe they have plenty of time, not knowing this is one of the craftiness of Satan, “procrastination”, which is said to be, the thief of time, but we read in 2nd Corinthians 6:2. Behold now is the accepted time Now is the day of salvation.
5-The complete satisfaction of the men. Notice vs. 32-34. Jesus stood and called them and said .”What will ye that I shall do unto you., they said unto him Lord, that our eyes may be opened, Jesus had compassion on them, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight. Their blindness were gone. VS. 34.
6-The commitment of the men. Having received their sight they followed Him, they walked with the Lord. Let us take note that these two blind men made no contribution for their healing they believed in the Lord Jesus and were healed. In Acts 16; 31 the Philippian Jailer cried and ask what must I do to be saved, Paul and Silas pointed him to the Lord., “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved”
“Come contrite one and seek His grace, Jesus is passing by,
See in His reconciled face, The sunshine of the sky.
Pass…ing by…..pass…ing by
Hasten to meet Him on the way,
Jesus is passing by to-day
Pass…ing by…Pass…ing by”