2023.03.19 - Steps Leading To The Cross Eyes Wide Open

Midway Baptist Church Sermons

Mar 19 2023 • 43 mins

Jesus says, “What is it that I should do for you?” “That our eyes should be opened.” That’s it, and then 3 things immediately happen. He touched them, they regained their sight, and then they follow him. We can learn a lot when Jesus stops. We learn at least three lessons in this miracle. I) The Need for Persistent faith (29-31) The blind men asked what was going on? And when they hear that Jesus is going by, they begin shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” A) A Cry for Mercy Their cry for mercy is an expression of faith. Faith in Jesus begins with the acknowledgement of your need. These two blind men knew their need very well. They were blind and could not see. Their cry for mercy was an acknowledgement of their need and a demonstration of faith. B) A Cry of Acknowledgment When they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The expression “Son of David” is another name for the Messiah. They call on Jesus as Messiah and Lord, believing that he has the power to heal them. C) A Cry that Won’t be Silenced These two blind men cried out for mercy. They called on Jesus as Messiah and Lord. And then they also persevered through the obstacles. They didn’t give up, did they? These two blind men demonstrate persistent faith. They cry for mercy. They call on Jesus as Messiah and Lord. They persevere through the obstacles. II) The Need to Respond to Penetrating Questions (32) So, how does Jesus respond to these two men’s faith? He asks them a penetrating question. A) Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?” (John 9:39-41) Jesus asks the two blind men who are crying out for mercy, “What do you want me to do for you?” What do you want Jesus to do for you? Jesus stopped and called them to himself. The gospel call of salvation still goes out today. Many still do not respond. Don’t be one of them! III) The Need to Receive the Most from God (33-34) A) What they Received on a Physical Level So, on the physical level the two men told Jesus, “We want to see.” They demonstrated faith in Christ. They received their sight and followed him. B) What they Received on a Spiritual level Jesus’ miracles always have a spiritual meaning as well. And on the spiritual level, we demonstrate faith by recognizing our spiritual darkness and need. When you cry out for mercy, when you ask Jesus to open the eyes of your heart, he will have compassion on you. He will touch you. He will give you the sight you need. In Closing: There’s an old saying: “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” Is that you this morning? Jesus asks you this morning, “What do you want me to do for you?” What better response than: “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, that I may see and follow you.” Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page https://www.youtube.com/@midwaybaptistnc1670 https://midwaybaptistnc.org https://facebook.com/midwaybaptistnc