What Would You Have Me Do For You? (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite
This content is part of a series.What Would You Have Me Do For You? (3 of 4)
Series: Jesus Has Questions
OPEN: A man walks into a dentist’s office and says, "Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth."
The dentist replied "You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist. His office is just down the hall"
"Yes, I know." Says the man.
"So, why did you come in here?" asked the dentist.
"The light was on..."
APPLY: (He thinks he’s a moth… the light’s on…)
Yeah, I know – it’s a dumb joke, But it serves to illustrate something I want to explain this morning.
• This man had a problem – he thought he was a moth
• He was seeking help, but in the process of seeking that help he got distracted.
• The light was on and it drew him away from the place where he might actually get help.
In Matthew 20, Jesus is entering the final week of His ministry. He’s on His way to Jerusalem and will soon be betrayed, arrested, and crucified… the crowds will clamor for His blood and cry "Crucify Him!" "Crucify Him!"
But as of now, the crowds still love Him. They line the streets and clamor for His attention. They’ve come to believe that this Jesus is:
The hope of Israel
The Son of David
The promised King of Israel
Everyone is speculating that He will soon claim His crown, throw off the yoke of the hated Romans and restore Israel to its former glory.
But amongst the crowd are 2 blind men.
Everybody knows them. I mean – they’re always sitting by the roadside begging for alms. They cry out “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 20:30) And the crowd is irritated. This isn’t what they think Jesus is “all about”. Jesus is too important to be bothered by rabble like this.
But Jesus stops and ask these blind men – “What do want me to do for you?”
Now this is an unusual question for two reasons:
1st This is the only time in the Gospels we find Jesus asking anyone what they need done.
2nd You would think it would b ...
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