‘Jesus! Son of David!’
Be quiet! Who do you think you are?
Stop making that noise! Nobody cares about you!
‘Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!’
And the one person who seemed to have any compassion at all heard his cry. And stopped. And said ‘bring him to me’.
What a wonderful, gut-wrenching moment, as the Son of God comes to town, and takes notice of the lowest, the least, the lost. Surely heaven came down at that moment!
But then, the strangest thing: ‘what do you want me to do for you?’
Wasn’t it obvious? Couldn’t everyone see that he was blind? Wasn’t that the very reason that the crowds despised him and tried to stop him wasting Jesus’ time? Here was a man condemned to a life of poverty, misery, loneliness, the shame of begging for scraps – all for no fault of his own, but because he was blind. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Really? Didn’t Jesus understand?
‘Lord, I want to see’. And all it needed was that humble, honest, heartfelt plea, and his life was transformed, forever.
Sometimes we think our needs are obvious, and we fail to ask God for His help. And sometimes we don’t receive because we don’t ask.
‘Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask, and you will receive, and your joy will be complete’. (Jn 16:24)