Matt.21:14 -16 – “Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him”. “Do you hear what they are saying?” they asked.
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise?”
As we have noted often-times before, the miracles of Jesus were often a glimpse into the unseen world of the Spirit. In this passage you have a very interesting contrast, you have the physically blind people who can suddenly see. In contrast you have the spiritual leaders who are blinded by their own prejudiced and pre-conceived thoughts about the kingdom of God. If anyone should see, it should be the Pharisees, the teachers of God’s word. But in them you find a stubborn blindness, a willingness to stay blind and block others from seeing the light of Christ. Here is how William Barclay describes this.
“They were too proud in their self-satisfaction to submit. If Jesus was right, they were wrong. The Pharisees were so well satisfied with themselves that they saw no need to change; and they hated anyone who wished to change them. Repentance is the gate whereby we all must enter the kingdom. Repentance means the recognition of the error of our ways, the realization that in Christ alone there is life, and to surrender to him and to his will and power, whereby alone we can be changed. They were too prejudiced to see this. Their eyes were so blinded by their own ideas that they could not see in Jesus Christ the truth and the power of God.”
The blind people came to Jesus and went away seeing. Those that thought they could see still stumbled around in their own darkness, unable to see the reality of who Christ was even though He was standing right in front of them. This is why Jesus came, to open the eyes of the blind that they may see Christ and to heal the lame so that they may follow Christ. It wasn’t that complicated, only arrogance can make something so simple into something so hard to understand. Follow close to Jesus and you will be like the blind who can now see and the lame who are following Him in the way.