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Jesus came to Serve the Last, Save the Least, and Seek the Lost...

Matthew 20:29-34 New International Version (NIV)

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 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!” 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Saturday, August 22 - Matthew 20:29-34 To finish off chapter 20 of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus makes one more exclamation point on his love for the last, least, and lost. He is on a journey to Jerusalem and a decent crowd is with him. People would often travel together in large groups to stay safe. Plus, Jesus was somewhat famous at this point for his miracles and teaching. The two blind men on the side of the road would be beggars hoping that the travelers would have pity on them as they passed by. But when the blind men heard that Jesus was coming they started crying out to him for mercy. Blind beggars weren’t supposed to do that. The travelers thought these blind beggars should “shut up.” But they cried out to Jesus even louder. So, as he passed by, Jesus asked what they wanted. Sight! Then Jesus walked over and touched their eyes. He did not pass by. He did not ignore them. He did not tell them to be quiet. He stopped. Asked. And blessed. He came to serve the last, save the least, and seek the lost.

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