The Power of Heaven

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Matthew 20:29-34
29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. 30 And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 33 They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

This little story seems like an easy one to pass over.  At this point, we have read about Jesus healing the blind, deaf, mute, casting out demons, and much more.  So, why should we pay attention to this little passage about Jesus healing two blind men?  Because this is a direct reflection of the Lord’s Prayer.  In Matthew 6 we read Jesus teaching His disciples to pray:

10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

We also read Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:

18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

What Jesus is talking about is unleashing the power of heaven here on earth.  In heaven there will be no blindness.  These men were simply seeking heaven’s power now.  In the Lord’s Prayer where it talks about God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, it is talking about seeking God’s righteousness and power that already exists in heaven to be poured out on earth.  It isn’t a futuristic hope but a request for it to happen now.  The irony about the two blind men is that they could already see more than the crowd that surrounded them.  They knew the power of heaven and simply asked God to pour it out upon them.  Their sight in heaven was already granted, so they sought it out here on earth.

Do we look at our lives on earth throught he lens of heaven’s power?  Do we recognize the fullness of God’s grace and mercy and will in heaven so that we can seek it out today in our lives?  We miss the mark way more than we should, especially if we call ourselves Christians.  When Jesus came to bring us salvation it wasn’t just so we can ask for forgiveness for our sins and not go to hell for eternity, but to undue the consequences of sin in the world.  This includes sickness, afflictions, and even death!  Paying the price for sin included removing the affects of it.

Are you seeking heaven’s power today?

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