Mark 8:22-26, 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”
We learn how some men brought a blind man to Jesus to be healed by Him. Here we can learn about three conditions:
1.The time he was blind: The man who was brought up to Jesus was blind by birth is what we understand. The man who lived in darkness and poverty , came to Jesus with lots of hope. He did not come to Jesus, but was brought to Him by some people. The people who brought the blind man, and the blind man himself believed and had faith in the healing power of Jesus.they requested Jesus to touch him. What did Jesus do?? Jesus took the man by his hand and led him outside the village. Jesus spit on the man’s eyes and placing his hands on him asked if he could see anything. Here we see that Jesus led him out of the circumstances/conditions he was in. His blindness that could have been healed by just a word or touch by Jesus was dealt differently here. Jesus saw that he needed more than just healing/ treatment from blindness, and He gave him. Today we also need this, we have sight or we can see. But due to worldly desires and desires of the flesh has created a cataract in our vision. We need to be treated for it. We live in a make believe world that the conditions we are in is safe from temptations and hence live inside a bubble that we are believing and following the word of God. We believe and affirm that what we see, say and do is right in the eyes of the Lord.
We should reflect that does the cataract affecting our sight enables us to see our loved around us, our family, our friends,our relatives and our colleagues?? We think that the blame or faults are with others and if they changes or rectify themselves, everything will be fine. If anyone happens to correct or tell us our faults we do not like it. What is the way out of this situation? God’s help and His words. The rest follows.
2.Half-sight: Jesus spat on the man’s eyes, and placed His hands on him and asked him if he could see anything. The man said he could see people, walking around like trees. Many of us are in this condition. We do not see people as they are. We see them as objects or instruments to be used. We love them with the intent how they can be of use to us,;money, beauty, position, this is what we love. Those without these are seen as outcastes or neglected. When a person dies there is immediate love for the person. the reason can be sense of loss or remorse/guilt/regret. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The blind man had imperfect vision, so Jesus placed His hands on his eyes and restores his sight (Mark 8:25). Our vision cannot be cleared or corrected by our own efforts, we need the Lord’s intervention and healing touch to cure our blindness.
3.Complete vision: When Jesus placed hands on the man for the second time, the man had complete vision. After he gained sight, Jesus commands him to not enter his village. This reflects that Jesus asks him to not go back to his previous state/circumstances. Jesus expects us to live a transformed life and become a new creation in Him after His healing touch in our lives. How is our personal life?? Are we able to see our fellow people and loved ones clearly?? Usually we trivialize God. The Lord resides on heavens above and we live on earth. We have turned our Lord into a magician. Someone who gives us what we want. A Lord who ignores and turns a blind eye to our follies and transgressions.
We read that the man came before Jesus in complete submission. He allowed Jesus to spit on him and place hands on him repeatedly. Let us make him an example for us and submit ourselves before the Lord and ask for transformation.
Proverbs 30: 12-13, those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
May the Lord never say this to us,His children.