Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We met up again and went on from the house. While we walked I saw two beggars ahead. In the midst of a large crowd, I saw them look at us.
“What’s happening?” one asked.
“It’s Jesus. He’s in town”, someone said.
The two blind men followed us, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Over the noise, I’m not sure Jesus heard them. Even a few of us disciples were getting crowded out. I watched Jesus walk into a house and made my way there.
The blind men came in, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
“Do what?” someone asked.
Jesus touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
Somehow I didn’t think they could keep that quiet.
“Make way! Make way!”
While they were going out, a group of men was pushing through the crowd with a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk, and brought him to Jesus.
Jesus’s eyes flashed in anger at the man’s condition, quickly replaced with compassion for him.
And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
A hush fell over the crowd.