First Posted: 1/15/2010
Matthew 9:27-34; 11:2-6
What a person believes concerning Christ Jesus has eternal consequences. During Christs time on earth and ever since those days, there have been people who deny His deity.
For just as long, though, there have also been people who strongly believe Christ Jesus is the Messiah.
According to Matthew, two blind men followed Jesus after He left the house of Jairus. These men cried out to Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. There must have been other people with needs, but these men received a blessing from Jesus.
In calling Jesus the Son of David, the men acknowledged their belief in Him as the Messiah and their need for His mercy. Despite their blindness, the men were keenly aware of Jesus, and had no difficulty expressing their faith in Him.
When Jesus arrived in the house in which He was staying, the blind men followed Him inside, and it was there that Jesus acknowledged them.
Believe ye that I am able to do this? Jesus asked the blind men. They asked for His mercy, but Christ Jesus knew their plea was really to be healed of their blindness.
Did they truly believe He could accomplish the miracle for which they asked? They said they believed He could do this miracle, and He touched their eyes to show He was the source of their healing.
Because of the mens faith in Jesus, their sight was restored. Jesus told them not to tell anyone about the miracle they received, but they told everyone they saw.
When Jesus left the house, a man possessed with a devil and unable to speak was brought to Jesus. The Lord cast the devil out of the man, and the man was able to speak. People who observed this, were amazed, but the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out devils in the name of Satan.
The Pharisees would not allow themselves to listen to the prophet Isaiah, who wrote, Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Some people have speculated that Johns imprisonment so discouraged him that he wanted to confirm Christ Jesus as the Messiah. We do not know the real motive behind the question, but we know Jesus sent the disciples back to John with His answer.
To verify Christ Jesus as the Messiah, all John needed to do was consider the evidence. What we believe about Jesus is of the utmost importance. Do you believe He is the Son of God?
The Sunday School Lesson is written by Ed Wilcox, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, Lumberton, N.C. [email protected]