Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys studying the Scripture and leads a Bible study group.
The Story As Gospel Writer Matthew Accounts It
We find the narrative as the Gospel Writer Matthew details it in the New Testament recorded in Matthew 20:29-33(KJV). Let's take time to dig into it. The story reads,
"29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened."
The Crowd: A Harsh Frontliner
Obviously according to this account, we can notice that the crowd did only these two things.
- The crowd kept following Jesus. (v.29)
- The crowd shouted at the two blind men. (v.31)
As Christians we profess to be followers of Jesus. We claim that we know Him and have His truth. However, our attitude does not reflect Jesus' character. We treat people harshly. We shout at them, just like that crowd who shouted at the blind men and told them to be quiet. We sometimes are unmindful of the feelings of others and we don't care if others are hurt. The crowd depicts a harsh type of front liner in the world today. This act is not worth copying.
Jesus:The Caring Frontliner
Jesus travelled from Jericho to go to another place. But when the blind men shouted, Jesus stopped and called on the two blind men. He even asked them a question. He felt so sorry for them seeing their condition. So from this story we can learn these important lessons about Jesus:
- Jesus went where people were present. He never confined himself in one place.
- As He walked, Jesus opened His senses. No wonder He heard the two blind men who shouted despite the huge crowd.
- Jesus took time for others. He stopped and called the blind men who shouted.
- He asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"
- Jesus had pity on people.
- Jesus did not only pity the blind men, He did something for them.
- So, because Jesus moved, opened His senses, took time for people, the two blind men decided to follow Him.
As Jesus' followers, we must strive to be like Him in character. We need to open all our senses to see the needs of others. We need to be compassionate and not just watch those in need but do something for them. Jesus reflects the Best Example of Frontliner today. His action is worthy of emulation.
The Blind Men: The Frontliners Who Need Other Frontliners
- They sat beside the road helpless.
- They heard Jesus coming their way.
- They observed what happened in their surroundings.
- Because they could not see, they used their sense of hearing to connect with Jesus.
- They shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us."
- They only asked for one thing--something that they badly needed and that is, 'Mercy.'
- Jesus heard them, and attended to their needs and they decided to follow Jesus.
Sometimes in this life, we are like the blind men. We have so much problems and burdens that make us helpless. We become blind because of sin. We do not know what to do and who to turn to. But then like the two blind men, they recognized Jesus. They called on Jesus and asked for help. These two blind men reflects the Frontliners who need other Frontliners in the world. There are times when, as we do our best to help others in our own little way, we too need the help of others in some aspects of our lives. The good news is, however, today, you and I can ask God to have mercy on us. When we do this, Jesus is ready to answer us and attend to our needs.
This Biblical narrative depicts three characters which represent the three types of people in the world today. The crowd represents those people who maltreat and misjudge others by simply looking at their actions and conditions. The two blind men represents those class of people who are helpless by virtue of the circumstance or status they belong in the society. The third character--Jesus, represents those people who really have the heart for others. They are the type of people who are able to see the need of those who are suffering-the poor, the oppressed, etc. then do what they can to alleviate their suffering.
We are all Frontliners in the eyes of our loving Creator. In this journey called life, there are times that you become helpless like the two blind men. Or, you could be the crowd who maltreat others especially the poor and the oppressed. Or you could be like Jesus in the story whose heart is full of love and compassion for others. Whichever type or class of Frontliners you belong to, remember, you may open your heart and listen to Jesus' bidding, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me"(Matthew 25:40, KJV).
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