In January 2015, a 17 year old in Palm Beach, Florida impersonated an anesthesiologist. For nearly a month he walked around a hospital wearing a white jacket and carrying a stethoscope. He went into examining rooms and observed other doctors examine patients. Fortunately he didn’t attempt to treat anyone. In May 2015, a man in Atlanta was charged with impersonating an eye doctor for nearly six years. In addition to performing eye examinations, he prescribed medications. During the past few years several people have posed as plastic surgeons and have performed liposuction and other procedures on patients. Imagine trusting someone, who has no medical training at all, to diagnose your health problems and prescribe treatment and medication. Trusting an impostor with your life is a scary thought. Keep that thought in mind as we examine a miracle of Jesus in Matthew 9:27-31.
Jesus had departed from the house where He had raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Only moments before raising Jairus’ daughter, Jesus healed a woman who had suffered twelve years with chronic bleeding. As the crowd moved along, the two blind men cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on us” (Matt. 9:27).
These four verses raise some interesting questions.
Jesus stopped for the woman and He stopped for Jairus, but He didn’t stop for the blind men. Instead He went on until He came to a house which He entered and the blind men followed Him inside.
Why didn’t Jesus stop and attend to these men while still outside?
After these men expressed faith in Jesus’ ability to heal them, Jesus gave them sight. Jesus perform this miracle in the privacy of a home. Jesus then “sternly warned them, saying, See that no one knows about this” (Matt. 9:30). Why? When these guys go back home, their families and friends are going to see the change. People are going to talk! Hiding this miracle will be impossible.
Why did Jesus warn them not to tell?
I think we find the answers to these questions in the words “Son of David, have mercy on us.” Ironically, these men, who were physically blind, had been granted spiritual insight that even the learned religious leaders didn’t possess. The phrase, Son of David, is a statement identifying Jesus as the prophesied Messiah (Anointed One). The Jews were looking for the prophet that Moses foretold and who would come from the line of David.
At that point in His ministry, Jesus was not making verbal public claims about being the Messiah. He wasn’t presenting Himself as King of Kings. He was on a mission to secure salvation for lost sinners, which meant He was the suffering servant who was destined for the cross. Just as Jesus told a demon to “be quiet” when the demon identified Jesus as “the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34-35), Jesus didn’t entrust these two men to go forth proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.
Instead Jesus let His works be His witness. Do you remember when John the Baptist asked Jesus if He was the one who is to come? Jesus replied, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news” (Matt. 11:4-5).
What great news!!! We never have to wonder if Jesus was an imposter. He came and performed the works prophesied of Him long in advance. His works verified His credibility and authenticity.