We call out and cry out to the Lord to help us, to heal us, to hear us. To forgive us, to save us. To rescue us and deliver us from death, from our sins and from the sins of others. We call out and cry out to the Lord to give us His love, give us peace, give us hope, give us a sense of belonging, give us clear direction. Make us new.
As we call out and cry out to Jesus, do we really believe He is able to do these incredible life-changing things for us, in us and through us? Jesus asked others this same question.
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” – Matthew 9:27-29
Do we believe and trust Jesus for who He is – the Lord’s Messiah, the “Son of David” promised to rule forever? Do we trust Jesus at His Word? Do we believe that Jesus is able to do what we cannot possibly do for ourselves? Heal our lives. Transform our minds. And of greatest importance to Jesus – to forgive us and save us from our sins so that we may live in an intimate relationship with our God – now and for all eternity as His very loved children.
Jesus asked the two blind men if they believed He was able to heal their blindness. These blind men had undoubtedly heard about Jesus – heard about the many miraculous healings Jesus had been doing in their region. These blind men may have even heard Jesus speaking directly – heard, for themselves, His astonishing, authoritative teachings about the kingdom of God. They had heard about Jesus. They had heard Jesus. Now they wanted to see.
And these two blind men called out to Jesus, acknowledging Him – one they had not yet seen with their own eyes – as the promised Messiah. They were willing to tenaciously pursue Jesus, in spite of the darkness of their personal worlds, right into someone else’s house. Because they believed Jesus was able!
Jesus asks each of us, even now, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Whatever your this is? Do you believe that Jesus is able to do what needs to be done in your life to set you free? Free from the guilt of your sin? Free from the brokenness you have known in your mind, body, spirit and relationships? Free from the demons and destructive habits that have plagued you and trapped you? Is Jesus – the Jesus you have heard about, the Jesus you have heard speak into your mind and heart through His Word and Spirit – able to do this?
We each need to answer this question for ourselves. And we may need to answer it many times throughout our lives as the darkness of our personal experiences, the darkness of our personal sins and the darkness of this dark and broken world blind us.
May our God give each of us the faith to acknowledge Jesus as the One who sets us free! May our God give each of us the tenacity to pursue Him and trust Him to do – for us, in us and through us – what we cannot possibly do for ourselves! Jesus is able!