“And two blind men were sitting by the road, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David (Messiah)!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David (Messiah) have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them, and asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They answered Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him [as His disciples].”
Matthew 20:30-34 AMP
I was in our new, local coffee shop on Saturday morning, and I noticed the owner looked like he wasn’t from here.
I’m a born and raised- in this small town- kinda gal, and I usually recognize others whom I’ve grown alongside.
So, I asked him about it.
“No, we’re transplants.” He said.
That phrase immediately registered to me, as it’s the story of my life right now.
I’ve been up to my ears in transplants!
He went on to say that he and his wife had been here for a couple of years before starting the business.
Seems to me, that the guys in the above scripture had also been around a while before starting business with Jesus.
And of course, it’s rocking my world this morning to see this confirmation, after pondering on these things last night.
I absolutely believe, your eyes, paired up with these written words, are a divine set up by God!
He wants us to see something here.
The second witness, or other incident already laid upon my heart, regarding transplants, was the account of the first two disciples.
Remember, they were actually John’s disciples.?
How is it, that they could be John’s disciples and not Jesus,’
You may ask.
Brothers and Sisters, it’s the same today.
Some of us have been raised and home grown in the church.
Upon the baptism of John..or Grandpa, or Aunt Pearl…
Let me expound.
John, was still a shadow and type of the remainder of the law- institutionalized religion.
Remember how when Jesus talked so highly about John that He said that the least in the Kingdom was greater than John?
John was still, part of the law and the prophets.
John was issuing in the new covenant based on the life of, and in Jesus.
He, John, said he wouldn’t have even known that, except God had shown him the Holy Spirit ascending on Whomever He had sent.
So He began pointing others, to that One.
The cross was that bridge, to,
Our Savior, the only Way.
Yes, John was pointing to Him.
But John wasn’t the Savior.
The institution of church has become the Savior for most people and if our blind eyes don’t open to Jesus, Himself, He could pass on by.
Not for this girl.
It almost happened to me as well.
But my heart was crying out for Jesus.
I had been blind in so many areas.
Looking to people.
And That’s great. They can lead you to Him, but they can’t have a relationship with Him for you.
The longing in my heart to simply see Him, drew Him to me.
Draw near to me. And I will draw near to you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8
He asked me the same question that He asked them- John’s disciples.
What do you want?
I’m sure you’ll find it back a few blogs.
I’m amazed to see that in both cases, the transplants wanted to see.
John’s transplants wanted to see where Jesus was staying, and the transplants from Jericho wanted to be able to see where they were going!
Both, were outgrowing their surroundings.
But here is what you should know.
It wasn’t the surroundings that were containing them, as far as geography, it was the mindsets of the crowds they were in.
They were small minded.
Even as much as I love John-
He stood still, (institutionalization) while these others followed Jesus to see what He was all about.
In another place, John sent more of His disciples, while offended at Jesus, and what did Jesus do?
He showed them the Kingdom.
And sent them back to tell John what they saw.
This is a Word for someone.
Just because you aren’t moving backwards, doesn’t mean you’re still following Jesus.
I’m not saying you aren’t saved.
I’m just saying that God wants you to continue to follow Jesus into even greater revelation.
John stood still that day and Jesus and the transplants moved forward.
The crowd stood still that day and told the transplants to stay quiet,
But they were crying out for more space with Jesus!
And Jesus always provides.
He gently shifted their root system.
From looking to others, who were limited.
To Himself, THE UNLIMITED!
Oh! Precious Jesus.