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.
First of all, why did the crowd rebuke them for crying out. This is what Jesus had been doing in His ministry – healing the sick, giving sight to the blind. Why would the crowd “shush” them? To their credit, the blind men persisted. They must have heard who it was passing by, and knew of his ministry. They even used the names Lord and Son of David. Jesus heard them crying out and had compassion on them and touched them. They received their sight. This is a beautiful picture of salvation – we were blind, in our sin and disbelief, but when we cried out to the Lord for healing, He had compassion on us and through the cross He healed us.