“As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’ The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’

    “Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” (Matthew 20:29-34, NIV)

The response of the two blind men to the miraculous gift they had received from Jesus was obedience.  They “followed him.”  One cannot follow unless (or until) he/she is willing to obey.

God, by His grace, showers us with innumerable blessings.  When we receive any blessing from Christ, do we follow in His steps? When God is generous to us, do we imitate His generosity?  When God forgives us our trespasses, do we follow his example by forgiving those who have trespassed against us; or, does Jesus continue on His way while we chart our own, different, course?

To their great credit, the two healed men responded to God’s blessings by following the One that had shown them mercy. What is our response to God’s love and mercy?  – Luther

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