Matthew 9:27-30 – When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.”
- Reflect On: Matthew 9:27-30
- Praise God: Whose power is unlimited.
- Offer Thanks: That Christ has called you into His kingdom.
- Confess: Any unbelief in Jesus’ power and desire to help you.
- Ask God: To strengthen your faith in the Son of David.
You’ve probably heard of the term “gerrymandering,” named after Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry, who in 1812 redrew an electoral district in order to enhance his party’s political power. As it happened, the district was redrawn in the shape of a salamander—hence the name. One of the most dramatic examples of this tactic took place a while ago in Texas where Democrats accused Republicans of gerrymandering the congressional map. Fifty-one Democratic congressmen holed up in a hotel in Oklahoma, across the border from Texas, in order to avoid debating and voting on a Republican-led bill that they said would turn the Lone Star State into a Republican monopoly.
At least from a distance, this struggle seemed comical, with one renegade congresswoman being forcibly escorted back to the state capitol in Austin, while the remaining “filthy fifty,” as they were dubbed, eluded capture. Power grabs and land grabs, even in democratic countries, are commonplace. But this is not how Jesus, the Son of David, goes about extending and strengthening His kingdom.
More than once the Gospels link the title “Son of David” to the healing miracles of Jesus. In one instance, two blind men call out to Jesus as the Son of David. In another, it’s the blind Bartimaeus, and in still another, it’s a Canaanite woman who begs Jesus as the “Son of David” to cure her demon-possessed daughter. In each case these people confess two things: both their need and their faith. By addressing Jesus as the “Son of David” they are expressing their faith that He is the Messiah who can provide the healing or deliverance they desire. And none of them is disappointed because Jesus confirms their faith by doing as they ask. Because they believe in Him, they both experience and display evidence of the new kingdom that is coming.
How can we experience the power of the “Son of David” at work in our own lives? Like the two blind men we need to cry out to Jesus, expressing both our faith in Him and our desire to experience His healing, delivering power. As we do, we must seek first His kingdom and not our own. One way to do this is to follow this advice of A.B. Simpson, who said: “You can take Christ as the King of your life by giving Him your difficulties and adversaries to overcome, and permitting Him to subdue all His enemies and yours and reign as Lord of all. Everything that comes up in your life is but another opportunity of giving Him a larger and richer crown.”
Simpson’s word made me wonder about my own difficulties. What things in my life did Christ want to subdue? As I prayed I began to think about the deep-seated, persistent anxiety I often experience with regard to my children. Lately these worries have felt like a constant pressure, making me irritable and impatient toward them. I began by asking the Lord’s forgiveness for all my anxious efforts to control my children, asking Him to reshape this area of my life with His wisdom, peace, and power. It’s a prayer I am still praying, expressing my faith in Jesus and asking Him to extend His reign and rule over my family as a way of extending His kingdom in and through us.
What difficulties do you face? What would happen if you asked for the grace to see every difficulty as an opportunity, as Simpson says, for giving Jesus, the Son of David, a larger and richer crown, extending His rule in, over, and around you? Start today by asking Jesus to be the King over your loneliness, your sorrow, your hurts, and your weaknesses. Let God’s Spirit uncover areas in your life that are not yet fully under Christ’s rule. Expose each one to Him in prayer, expressing your faith that He is indeed the “Son of David,” the Lord who is able to heal and deliver you, the King who wants to extend the bouondaries of His kingdom by virtue of what He is doing in you.