Blessed are the Merciful

Jesus continues His description of those who are really happy and to be admired by pointing out the reward coming to those who are merciful. What does “merciful” mean? We can see the face of mercy by looking at the way Jesus responded to people who cried out to Him in desperate need. On two different occasions, a pair of blind men called to Him, “Son of David have mercy upon us!” (Matthew 9:27; 20:30). Both times, Jesus asked them what they wanted from Him, not because He didn’t know their condition, but to give them an opportunity to express their faith that He could heal them. Once they had made their request, He gave them sight. While Jesus was staying in a house outside of Israel, a non-Jewish woman came to Him in tears, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” After testing Her faith, Jesus delivered the woman’s little girl from the demon (Matthew 15:21-28). A distraught father knelt down before Him, saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely…” (Matthew 17:15). Immediately, Christ healed the man’s son. How did Jesus manifest mercy? By meeting the needs of people in deep trouble. He saw their helplessness; He heard their cry of pain; He pitied them in their distress; He took action that brought them relief from suffering. He wants us to do the same.