The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David (Messiah) have mercy on us!”
– Matthew 20:31 AMP
If you are struggling to overcome a challenge or desperate for a breakthrough on a long-time issue, there is one simple thing you need to do: keep focusing on Jesus’s heart of mercy towards you.
The 2 blind men sitting by the road near the gates of Jericho had probably been forgotten and written off as nobodies by everyone. Just another couple of blind beggars.
But they had heard of that rabbi called Jesus who went from town to town healing the sick. The rumoured ‘Son of David’ – the Messiah they had been waiting for. They had heard of how He worked healing miracles for ALL who sought Him, regardless of their background.
And though they couldn’t see Him physically, they saw Jesus’s heart of mercy through all they had heard about Him.
They didn’t forget that when they heard Jesus was passing them on His way out of the city. Seizing the opportunity, they cried out over the thronging crowd following Jesus: “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” They focused on and appealed to Jesus’s heart of mercy.
The crowd wasn’t too happy about that, though, and sternly told them to be quiet. Some versions like the MSG says the crowd tried to “hush them up”.
But rather than succumbing to the pressures of the crowd, resigning to their fate and getting back under their long-time label as ‘just another blind beggar’, they kept their focus. They held on to Jesus’s heart of mercy – they knew it was there. “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” they cried again and again, all the more loudly.
And Jesus stopped, called them over and asked what they wanted Him to do for them, and did for them as they asked. He touched their eyes and healed them straightaway. Now no longer blind, they followed Him out of the city of Jericho.
Ordinarily, just focusing on Jesus’s heart of mercy seems too…simple. Camping on and continuously studying and focusing on God’s grace and mercy often seems too basic, delusional even. God is good and full of mercy? OK, yeah; let’s go on to deeper stuff. God does good to me even without me having to qualify for anything or deserve it? Whoa… Nah. That can’t be.
But that’s just it. Grace and mercy are the heart, bedrock, and entire makeup of Christianity. Christianity is all about Jesus. And Jesus is all about grace – He is grace in person. His heart is full of mercy. He willingly paid our debt He didn’t owe, and He took our sicknesses and pains to give us life and healing. Jesus Himself is our qualification.
When we are going through difficulties or needing a breakthrough, simply focusing on Jesus’s heart of mercy can seem irresponsible. We feel like we should pray more. Maybe fast also. Or, if we’re not into such things, to try to do more on our own.
But impossible situations can only be broken through by God. And the key to that is focusing on Jesus’s heart of mercy. Because God’s miracles are received by grace through faith – believing that God wants you to have it and He has qualified you for it.
When you do focus on Jesus’s heart of mercy and His grace, you can be sure there will be lots of voices who will try to “hush you up”. Both from the world, and from those who are following Jesus themselves. Who do you think you are? He’s busy. You haven’t done anything to merit His attention. Get in line.
Ignore those voices. Keep focusing and depending on Jesus’s heart of mercy. Because that’s what He hears.
It isn’t that He needs or wants us to repeatedly beg Him before He will deign to answer. Jesus is not a reluctant God, and never is. But He needs to know that we are not simply “trying Him out” or testing Him, but truly trusting in and relying on Him as our Saviour.
It doesn’t matter if you have been a “wayward Christian” or have yet to even believe in Jesus. The blind men weren’t following Jesus initially. After Jesus touched and opened their eyes, they followed Him out of Jericho – a cursed city (see Joshua 6:26).
The opening of eyes is symbolic – an understanding of Jesus’s heart of mercy and grace will often bring a revelation that you need.
And not only will that revelation bring you your breakthrough, it will lead you to naturally follow Him, out of a place of curse into a land of blessings!
Because when you encounter Jesus, you encounter grace.