Mercy can be defined as showing compassionate forgiveness. Compassion is a character quality that jumps out to me about Jesus throughout the gospels. It seems to be one of the great motivators of his ministry. The blind man in our passage today understands something that we need to understand as well—that only mercy from Jesus can heal our brokenness.
This man obviously knew who Jesus was, as shown by him calling Jesus “Son of David.” He was clearly desperate as well, as not even the discouragement from others in the crowd could stop him from crying out to Jesus.
The purpose of this passage though is not to make much of the blind mans faith, although it is commendable, but to make much of Jesus. Jesus is the one who healed and restore brokenness. Will your faith lead to healing for you? Maybe, but not necessarily. This passage could lead someone to think that healing is a direct result of faith in all circumstances, but in the context of the big picture of Scripture we find this is not the case.
Through his great mercy, Jesus healed this man of his brokenness, and this led to people glorifying and praising God. That is why the man was healed—for Gods glory!
Points of Reflection:
As you go through your day, do you praise God for the mercies that are shown to you? Do you recognize the mercies at all? What could your lack of appreciation or acknowledgement reveal about how you view God?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice