What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

Introduction

I’m sure that most people will agree that life can be a great challenge at times. Life is tough, especially if you have some kind of disability. Many people choose to make their way through life on their own, but this doesn’t need to be the case, we can allow Jesus to travel through life with us because He understands the roads, we go down in life can be difficult and hard, Hebrews 4:15-16.

What struggles have you had in your life or what struggles are you facing at the moment?

‘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.” Matthew 20:29-34

Jesus left Jericho one time with His disciples and headed towards Jerusalem, Matthew 21:1-2. Jerusalem was 3,000 feet higher than Jericho and it was a journey over seventeen miles.

Along the way, two blind men were sitting by the roadside. Matthew mentions that there were two blind men. In Mark’s account of this healing, he mentions only the outspoken blind man of the two who approached Jesus, that is, Bartimaeus, “son of Timaeus”, Mark 10:46.

Anyone in Bible times with any kind of disability was seen as a nobody. They were insignificant, they didn’t feel like they were important, and they were usually looked down upon in society.

In the Bible, we read about people being born blind, John 9:1, and we also read that the suffering of a blind person was made worse by the mistakenly common belief that blindness was because of sin, John 9:1-3. Although they certainly couldn’t serve as a priest, Leviticus 21:18, God still had laws in place to protect them, Deuteronomy 27:18 / Leviticus 19:14.

What struggles would these blind men have in life?

How would you cope knowing that people thought your blindness was because of some sin you committed in your life?

According to Mark 10:46, why were these blind men sitting next to the road?

What did the blind men shout when they heard Jesus walking by?

How many times did they shout out to Jesus?

What significance do their words, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” have?

Jesus, Son of David was a common Jewish term that was used in reference to the Messiah, Luke 1:31-32.

It’s important to note that they didn’t allow the crowd to put them off or get in their way despite being rebuked.

Are there times in our lives when we’re afraid of other people and what they might think? Maybe other people can actually get between us and Jesus.

Can you think of a time when someone tried to stop you or discourage you from coming to Jesus?

What did Jesus do when the blind men shouted louder?

Notice that He not only stopped but He also called them.

According to Mark 10:50, what was Bartimaeus’s response when Jesus called him?

God always calls the well-to-do in society, Mark 10:17-22, as well as the ordinary people, the outcasts of society, the so-called insignificant people to Him, 1 Corinthians 1:28-29.

When you speak to a lot of people about becoming a Christian, the first thought they have is, what does God want me to do?

But notice what Jesus says to them, what did Jesus ask them? Isn’t this incredible, Jesus asked them “What do you want me to do for you?” We usually always think about what God wants from us but here Jesus asks what He can do for them.

Hannah prayed for a son, 1 Samuel 1:10-20, Solomon prayed for wisdom, 1 Kings 3:1-15 / 2 Chronicles 1:7-12. Hezekiah prayed for victory over Assyria, Isaiah 37:15-36. Paul prayed for boldness in sharing the Gospel, Ephesians 6:19–20. Peter and John prayed for boldness in sharing the Gospel, Acts 4:23-31.

What would you ask God to do for you today?

Maybe you would ask for forgiveness or help with some sin you’re struggling with. Maybe you have some hatred in your heart towards someone or maybe you just need the courage to accept Jesus as your Saviour.

Would you be brave enough to ask?

It would have been so easy just to stick to what they have been doing for years and that is sitting next to a road begging to survive, with no hope and no life. These two blind men were brave enough to ask to have their sight restored but at the same time, they were asking to have life, John 10:10. They wanted to be a part of society again, they wanted to live again.

When people are going through difficult times, have you ever heard people making deals with God? I’ve heard people say, ‘God if you will forgive me for that one sin, I promise I won’t do it again and I’ll start attending midweek Bible studies’. Or ‘God if you will heal me from this disease then I’ll commit to you like never before.’

Did the two blind men bargain with Jesus?

Did they suggest if He heals them, they will commit to doing this or that?

No, they simply asked to have their sight restored.

I’m sure you’ve met many people who have asked you to pray for them, some of whom are not even Christians. Whilst Christians thank God for answering our prayers, what do the non-Christians usually say or do? In my experience, they usually do nothing or say thank you for praying for them.

Imagine a non-Christian friend comes up to you and tells you that they have a serious health issue, and they ask you to pray for them. We usually say we will, which is right, but maybe we should also ask them, what are you going to do if God answers their prayer request?

What was Jesus’ response to their question? Not only did Jesus have compassion on them, but He also touched their eyes and healed them.

According to Mark 10:52, what did Jesus say the reason was for healing them?

What did the two blind men do after Jesus healed them?

There are many people who want God to heal them or help them in some way, but after God answers their prayers, they just go their own way and forget all about God. These two blind men were healed immediately, and they went on to follow Jesus.

What impact would having their sight restored have on their lives?

What could they do now that they couldn’t do before?

Conclusion

Jesus healed many blind people during His ministry, Matthew 9:27-31 / Matthew 12:22 / Matthew 20:30-34 / Mark 10:46-52 / John 9:1-7, but if there was one thing which is worse than physical blindness, it has to be spiritual blindness, Matthew 15:14 / Matthew 23:16-26. Jesus came to open our spiritual eyes, John 9:39.

Jesus isn’t just willing to listen to our cares and concerns, 1 Peter 5:7, He is willing to do something about it, Mark 11:24/ Philippians 4:6 / 1 John 5:14-15. Jesus wants to help us not hurt us, Jeremiah 29:11.

Yes, He wants us to love Him and keep His commandments, John 14:15, but He asks us every day, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’

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