Matt.20:32-34 – So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
¶They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
I love the last three words in this verse, “they followed Him”. These blind men obviously received more than physical healing that day. How do I know? Because they followed Him. All of the reasons they wanted to receive their sight before now seemed secondary. Before, they wanted to see the sky and the grass and their families. They wanted to be able to hold down a job or just enjoy a sunny day. Now that all changed, they just wanted to see Jesus. The only explanation is that the eyes of their soul were also opened. Now they wanted to follow Jesus. Those other things had been eclipsed by the compassion of the Lord. When His love breaks through the fog in our lives, all bets are off. Here is how Keith Green describes this phenomenon in his song “Love Broke Through” from the 1970’s.
LOVE BROKE THROUGH – Keith Green
Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung like curtains on my eyes
Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise
All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It’s like the power of the wind
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love, until your love, broke through
That’s really how prayer often works. We think we really need that house or that raise or even our health. When Jesus shows up with the answer we get more than we bargained for. Like the blind men in today’s passage, they got more than healing. What was it that they received exactly? It was Jesus Himself. The clouds that hung like curtains on our eyes are removed by His touch.