Giving Sight to the Spiritually Blind

Posted: February 18, 2014 in Mark

Mark 8:22-30, “Giving Sight to the Spiritually Blind”

Have you ever been a bit slow on the uptake? A bit slow to get something?  Sometimes it takes a bit of time for us to come to the right understanding – before we see something clearly.

 It can be that way with Jesus.  The gospel can be right in front of our noses forever, and yet we might miss it all because of our distractions with other things.  Maybe it’s our favorite sins & temptations – maybe it’s daily stress – maybe it’s simple apathy.  Whatever the case, we miss Jesus & His grace (either for eternal life in the future, or abundant life in the present, or both!).  What we need is a moment of clarity – that time when everything comes into crystal-clear focus, and we look upon Jesus for who He is.

That’s what was needed for the blind man of Bethsaida & for the disciples of Jesus.

Two very different events are recorded here, seemingly with nothing in common.  The first is a healing, coming at the end of a long line of miracles, including many other healings.  This is not the first blind man that Jesus healed, nor will he be the last.  The second is a revelation, in which Peter gives his famous confession of faith that Jesus is the Christ.  It is a pinnacle moment for the disciples, and gives a distinct turning point in the gospel of Mark.

They have nothing in common – right?  Perhaps they have more in common than what meets the eye.  The healing of the blind man is certainly another healing in a long list of them – but there is no doubt this is unusual.  It is the only multi-stage healing recorded in the four gospels.  The blind man receives his sight, but he receives it slowly.  It is also sandwiched between an account of the disciples having hardened hearts with no understanding of Jesus, and a moment in which they see Jesus clearly for who He is.  The disciples received their sight as well, but they received it slowly.  What made the difference in each case?  The persistence of the Lord Jesus.

Before we get too far, we’ve got to remember the context leading up to this point.  Jesus has been wrapping up His Galilean ministry, and is getting ready to head to Jerusalem in order to go to the cross.  This is not yet known to the disciples (though they will be told before the end of Ch. 8), but everything is about to change in Jesus’ ministry.  The disciples may have had the luxury of allowing their faith to waver back & forth in the past, but no longer.  They needed to know beyond a doubt who Jesus is, before they moved on.  To be sure, they would still have questions & doubts, but the basic foundation needed to be settled before moving to Jerusalem.  They were about to encounter quite a bit of resistance and trials, and they couldn’t afford to have the fundamental question of Jesus’ identity in doubt, if they were going to make it through Jerusalem.

As it was, they were still having problems with this.  They had witnessed momentous miracles from Jesus.  They had seen Him cast legions of demons out of men – cleanse lepers – raise the dead – walk on water – create bread and fish from mere scraps, and more.  And yet in all of this, they still hadn’t understood.  They still had hardened hearts.  Their doubts came painfully in focus when Jesus gave them an innocuous warning about the leaven of the Pharisees & the leaven of Herod.  Here were two categories of people who denied Jesus, either actively through their doctrine & hypocrisy, or denied Jesus by simple apathy & indifference.  Either tendency could spread to the disciples, and they needed to beware.  Yet they still didn’t understand – they still didn’t get it.  When Jesus used the illustration of yeast/leaven, the disciples all thought Jesus was referring to bread instead of infectious unbelief.  Jesus had to break things down into very simple concepts, and even then, the disciples didn’t really understand.  They had witnessed Jesus multiply the loaves and fish, but still hadn’t understood that Jesus is the God who brings forth bread from the earth. 

Vs. 21 left the reader hanging with the disciples’ unbelief.  Jesus had chastised them for their slowness to understand…and that’s when the scene immediately changing to the blind man of Bethsaida. …

Mark 8:22–30
22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.  23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. …

  1. Bethsaida.” This is the last recorded Galilean miracle in Mark.  Jesus had seemingly spent much time in the town, doing many miracles there (most of which are unrecorded).  Apparently, the people there still struggled with unbelief, for which Jesus publicly chastised them & Choriazin (Mt 11:21).  The miracles had been given to them for the purpose of drawing them to repentance, which they never did.  They were obvious demonstrations of the power of God in their midst, and the people of Bethsaida refused to respond to them.
  2. Whatever faith they lacked, they did at least know this much: Jesus was capable of supernatural healing.  It was the townspeople that brought the blind man to Jesus.  We don’t know the background of the man.  Some suggest that he was born blind, as were so many of the time, but it seems more likely that he originally had sight and became blind over time. (He was able to identify people as trees.)  What is interesting about him is that we are not told that he came to seek out Jesus, but the townspeople asked Jesus for a healing on his behalf.  Blindness would not have prevented the man from finding Jesus, if he had desired to do so.  Other blind men had found Jesus, attracted by the crowd noise that followed Him.  Nothing like that is mentioned of this man.  Here, it was the crowd that “begged” Jesus to help him.  Bethsaida obviously had their problems, but they got this much right.  They knew Jesus could help, so they asked Jesus.  Whether or not the blind man started out with any faith in Jesus, the people still prayed and interceded for him.
  3. The townspeople came to Jesus publicly, but any miracle Jesus was going to do would be done privately.  Jesus “took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town.”  Why Jesus did this, we’re not told.  Knowing that Jesus would later ask the man to stay quiet, perhaps Jesus just wanted to get a head start out of town.  Perhaps Jesus knew the wavering faith of the town, and wanted to get the man away from potential skepticism and unbelief.  Perhaps He wanted to get the man alone so that his own potential faith in Jesus wouldn’t be swayed by the crowd one way or the other.  Whatever the case, Jesus had a reason to get the man alone.  Faith is a personal thing.  It can be shared, but it cannot be transferred.  Someone else can tell you about Jesus, but no one can make the decision for you to follow Jesus.  You are the only one who can ask forgiveness of your sin.  You are the only one who can surrender your life to Jesus as Lord.
    1. Even as a born-again Christian, you are the only one who can decide to daily reckon yourself dead to sin – to ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit – to walk humbly in repentance and faith.  No one can do that for you.  If you’re waiting for someone else to do it all, you’ll be waiting a long time!  The body of Christ (the Church) can help you bear your burdens and can help spur you on to good works, but they cannot take that step of faith for you.  At some point, it’s just you & Jesus, and you need to respond.

… And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”

  1. It may sound weird to us, but spittle in healing would not have been considered as unsanitary then, as it is today.  Apparently, it was not all that uncommon in the culture (though we don’t read of Jesus doing it too many times).  Why did He spit?  Scripture doesn’t say.  Did Jesus have to spit to heal?  Obviously not.  Jesus was known to heal others with just a word.  Recently in Mark, Jesus went to Tyre & Sidon, healed the Syro-Phoenician woman’s daughter of demonic possession, and the girl wasn’t even in the room with Him.  If the person’s presence wasn’t necessary, then neither was Jesus’ touch (or spittle).  No doubt, Jesus did everything for a reason – He had a purpose for His actions.  What was the reason here?  Perhaps this was needed in this individual healing, because that is what the man needed.  This man was going to have his faith stretched quite a bit, and Jesus knew this would be a helpful step for him.  Spitting wasn’t always necessary, but Jesus thought it necessary here…not for the healing, but for the individual.
    1. Jesus knows what we need to come to faith, and He won’t hesitate to let us endure it.  What is far more valuable than our comfort is our salvation.  More valuable than our ease is our relationship with God.  If it takes us getting a bit uncomfortable for God to get us into the position that we are humbly looking to Him, then so be it.
  2. That said, even with Jesus doing everything that was needed for the man to respond, the man still needed to respond.  This seems to get to the idea of the partial healing.  This is the only two-step/partial miracle recorded for us in the four gospels.  Every other healing given by Jesus was immediate – and the immediacy of it has been repeatedly emphasized in Mark.  Jesus was not limited, nor did He suddenly lose power (as if the Son of God could have a “brown-out” or power surge, like a bad electrical system); this is something Jesus chose to do.  He purposefully gave this miracle in stages.  Why?  Again – this is another area in which the Scripture is silent.  The only thing we can know from the text is that Jesus asked the man to respond.  Thus, by doing the miracle in stages, Jesus gave the man the opportunity to respond.  Jesus knew what was in the mind of the man, even if we do not, and apparently this man needed a question.  Perhaps it indicates that his faith needed time to grow (not unlike the Syro-Phoenician woman, as Jesus drew her out through conversation).  Jesus knew that He was going to heal the man completely, but perhaps the man did not yet know it himself.  After all, he had not been the one to go to Jesus; it was the townspeople that brought him and requested the healing on his behalf.  Perhaps this man was gradually coming to faith, and Jesus gave him the opportunity for it to happen.
    1. That would take us to the broader context of the text.  The disciples were themselves gradually coming to faith.  They were learning more and more day by day of what it means that Jesus is the Messiah.  Jesus gave them much, but He wasn’t going to hand-feed them everything when it came to faith.  It was not enough for the disciples to simply say that they believed – or to parrot back some confession of faith that someone else wrote & believed. They themselves needed faith of their own – and Jesus gave them the opportunity.
  3. BTW – the most recent healing in the gospel of Mark had an incredible amount of similarities with this healing, up to this point.  Remember that after Jesus returned from Tyre & Sidon, He went through the region of Decapolis, where He healed a man who could neither hear nor speak.  Like the blind man of Bethsaida, the deaf-mute was brought by the crowds to Jesus.  Both men were taken aside by Jesus away from the crowds.  Both times, Jesus used His spit in the process of healing.  And after they were healed, both men were commanded to be silent.  Yet it was in the process of healing that things differed.  One was healed immediately, and one was healed in stages.  Jesus knew was what necessary in each case, and He did not hesitate to do it.

25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

  1. Jesus did not leave the man in a state of partial healing (and never intended to do so), and by the time Jesus was done, the formerly blind man could see clearly.  The original language indicates that he now could see things in the distance.  We might say Jesus gave him 20/20 vision.  How did Jesus do it this time?  Very simply.  No spit, no mud, no words – just a touch.
    1. Jesus is not limited in His methods of healing, nor does He work the same way every time.  Be careful of the line of thinking that says, “God can only do ___.”  God is GOD.  He can do whatever it is He wants to do, in whatever way He wants to do it.  The only thing God will not do is contradict His own character.  His methodologies are completely flexible.  That’s true with miracles, and that’s true with messengers.  If He can use Balaam’s donkey to speak the word of God, no doubt He can use unexpected people. (Like us!)
  2. Of course, this is the healing that Jesus was capable of the entire time.  When Jesus was ready (and when Jesus knew the man was ready), He gave the man full sight.  It’s at this point that the man could see people clearly, and no doubt saw the Son of Man sitting right in front of him.  Jesus had His reasons for doing things slowly, yet He did it all the same.
    1. Trust the timing of Christ!  God knows what He’s doing.

26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”

  1. Jesus commanded the man to stay quiet, though it’s doubtful he would stay quiet for long.  Obviously the miracle itself would not stay hidden forever.  As soon as the man walked into town, people would be able to tell that he could now see, even if he never said a word. … Jesus often commanded people to be quiet, though it seems to be the opposite of what we would expect.  We naturally think that Jesus would want the news shouted from the rooftops, and for Jesus to want a bigger and bigger crowd to follow Him.  We need to remember that Jesus was following the timing of God the Father.  The people of Bethsaida were already expecting the blind man to be healed by Jesus.  Who knows what their reaction would have been if they had been able to catch up with Jesus afterwards?  Perhaps they would have tried to take Jesus by force and make Him king, as did the people after the feeding of 5000.  Considering that Jesus was about to head to Jerusalem to the cross, that would have completely short-circuited the plan of God.  Or perhaps the people would not have seen Jesus as the Messiah King, but only looked at Him as a miracle worker – just a supernatural physician.  In either case, they would have missed Jesus’ most important role: to be our sin sacrifice upon the cross, and to rise to life from the grave.
  2. What is more amazing than what He commanded the man, is what He would command His disciples, which Mark goes on to show…

27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?”

  1. Leaving Bethsaida, Jesus and the disciples head north…way north!  They are about to take one final trip to the south, but Jesus wanted one last opportunity to be with His disciples away from the crowd.  Caesarea Philippi is a long way out (25 miles), and this is the only event recorded there.  It seems that Jesus took them all the way to this place to have this specific conversation with them.
    1. Jesus will go to great lengths to bring us to faith. (He already has!)  Sometimes, He’ll have US go to great lengths…perhaps even out of the way.  So often, we’ll wonder, “What are You doing, Lord?  Why am I going through this?”  Maybe your circumstance is exactly what God knows you need for you to grow in your faith.
  2. While they were on the way, Jesus asked the disciples about the opinions of the crowd. “Who do men say that I am?”  It’s a good question!  There are all sorts of opinions floating around about Jesus.  Many of those opinions are very sincerely held.  But just because an opinion is sincere does not mean that it is correct.  The people of Galilee had all kinds of opinions about Jesus, and not one of them was right.
    1. What is important is not so much our opinion about Jesus, but the truth about Jesus.  It’s when our opinion lines up with the truth that we can come to faith…but not until then.

28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”

  1. Answer #1: “John the Baptist.”  This had been the opinion of Herod Antipas, and apparently he wasn’t the only one.  John was a preacher of repentance – Jesus was a preacher of repentance.  They even shared the same message early on in Jesus’ ministry: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 3:2, 4:17)  So on that level, it seemed like a good choice.  However, of all the opinions that were suggested, this one makes the least sense. (1) John and Jesus were contemporaries…they were actually cousins.  John had baptized Jesus and publicly endorsed Jesus.  How could they be the same person if they lived in the same area at the same time?  (2) To claim Jesus was John was to ignore John’s entire message and ministry.  John came to prepare the way for Jesus and to proclaim the Messiah; not to BE Jesus.  John explicitly said he was not the Messiah (Jn 1:20).  Any speculation about Jesus being John was an admission that whoever thought it hadn’t really paid any attention to who John was or what John said, but rather just knew of him as a man of God.
    1. People today may not confuse Jesus for John the Baptist, but there’s no question that many haven’t really given Jesus a second thought.  They’ve heard from others that Jesus is God Himself, but it hasn’t made an impact upon them.  Yet they (like everyone) has to deal with the question: “who is Jesus?”  This is not something that can be ignored.
  2. Answer #2: “Elijah.”  This made a little more sense from a Jewish perspective.  Elijah never technically died; he was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kg 2:11).  The Jews (both ancient and modern) believe that Elijah is to return, and prophecy indicates that he will.  If anyone was to be confused with Elijah, it ought to have been John the Baptist, and Jesus specifically said that John came in the prophesied role of Elijah (Mt 11:14).  There still seems to be a future role for Elijah (which will be addressed in Ch. 9), so this is a bit more logical of a choice.  Elijah was a worker of miracles – Jesus is a worker of miracles.  But that wasn’t all that Jesus did.  Jesus is so much more than Elijah ever was.  His miracles were exponentially greater than Elijah’s.  To compare the two would be like comparing a bar of gold to a copper penny.  Both may have monetary value, but the difference between them is unfathomable!
    1. Because Jesus did so many miracles, it’s easy for people to only look to Jesus as miracles.  Even beyond the healing crusades, many people look to Jesus only to get them out of trouble.  They encounter a trial or tragedy of some sort, and go to Jesus asking for a miracle, even when they never turned to Jesus in the past.   The problem is that even if Jesus does deliver them, many times they’ll go right back to their previous way of thinking. Out of all the miracles that Jesus can perform, the most important to grant the forgiveness of God & new life.  If you haven’t received of THAT miracle, then you’ve missed out on Jesus entirely.
  3. Answer #3: “one of the prophets.”  At this point, Mark records a shorter answer than Matthew.  Matthew recorded the disciples saying “Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” (Mt 16:14).  Mark summarized both in the same category.  Was Jesus a prophet?  Of course!  Jesus prophesied in incredible detail regarding the end-times and many other things.  No prophet ever spoke the mind of God as did Jesus as the Son of God.  Yet to relegate Jesus as just another one of the prophets is (again) to completely miss the point.  It minimizes His absolute authority as God.  The prophets of old were anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, but nothing like Jesus.  Jesus surpasses them all.  He is greater than Moses, greater than Jeremiah, greater than all of the prophets in history combined!
  4. The problem with all of these answers is that they all fall short.  As great as some of these men of the past were, they were all just men.  John the Baptist was the greatest man who ever lived apart from Jesus (according to Jesus’ own description – Mt 11:11), but John was just as much in need of salvation as you & me.  All of these men were sinners in need of a Savior.  Jesus came as a man, but He also came as God.  He came as our Savior.  If we never see Jesus as Savior, then we never truly see Jesus at all.  Even if we think He is a great man of God, but never see Him AS God, then we are just as blind spiritually as the man from Bethsaida was physically.
  5. This is where the disciples had been up to this point.  They were slow in their spiritual sight.  They had wavered in their faith and opinion of Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t going to leave them in that spot – He pressed further.

29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

  1. It’s a subtle change in the question, but it is a crucial change!  No longer is Jesus asking the disciples about the opinions of the multitudes; He’s asking them their opinion. “But who do you say that I am?”  The “you” in the Greek is emphatic.  Jesus had heard from the crowds, but now He wanted to hear from them.  The disciples themselves had to declare their mind about Jesus, and come to grips with who He is.
  2. Peter’s answer is short, but it is profound: “You are the Christ.”  Interestingly, this is a shorter answer than what is recorded in either Matthew or Luke.  Matthew’s version is more famous, and is undoubtedly what Peter fully said at the time.  Matthew 16:16, "Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”" []  Although Mark is considered to be Peter’s account of the gospel (as Mark was a disciple of Peter), it’s interesting that Mark’s answer is so much shorter, and that he also completely leaves out the following statement of Jesus to Peter, changing his name from Simon & declaring him to be a rock.  Perhaps neither Mark nor Peter wanted to draw to much attention to himself, but rather wanted all of the attention upon Jesus.  Whatever the reason for the shorter record, the answer is the same.  For Peter to declare Jesus to be “the Christ” is for him to say that Jesus is indeed “the Son of the Living God.”  The word “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for “Messiah,” which simply means “Anointed one.”  Jesus is the anointed one of God, but He was anointed in far more ways than any of the prophets of the past.  Jesus is THE ultimate Anointed One of God – the One in whom all the hope of Israel rested.  The Messiah is the One whom the Jews were expecting to come in the line of David, to restore the kingdom to Israel, to institute a worldwide peace, to deal with the sins of the people, and to be a blessing unto the entire world.  The Messiah was specifically spoken of God not merely to be a son of David, but to be called the Son of God (2 Sam 7:14).  The prophets looked to the Messiah as God Himself, who would come in power and glory upon the clouds (Dan 7:13-14).  This is who Peter declared Jesus to be.  After all of this time and their previous hardness of heart, Peter (speaking on behalf of the disciples) saw Jesus rightly: as the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  Did they understand everything that all of it entailed?  (i.e. the cross)  No.  Jesus will continue to teach them…but this is a foundational beginning.  Without this, nothing else matters.
  3. This is the first time in the gospel of Mark that any humans have recognized Jesus as the Messiah.  Only God the Father and the demons (!) had correctly identified Jesus up to this point.  From the other gospels, we know that at least some of the disciples had believed Jesus might by the Messiah from early on.  Andrew told Peter than Jesus was the Messiah, right after Andrew had first met Jesus (Jn 1:41).  Nathanael called Jesus the “Son of God” and “King of Israel” upon their first meeting (Jn 1:49).  There were times that the disciples wondered at Jesus and even worshipped Him as the Son of God, such as in Matthew’s account of Jesus walking upon the waves of Galilee (Mt 14:33).  So it wasn’t that the disciples were completely clueless; it’s that their faith wavered.  They had hardened hearts.  They needed to come to a point that they had to take a stand.  That’s what Jesus gave them when He asked them a direct question.  They couldn’t hide behind the crowds – they couldn’t deal with theoretical or hypothetical ideas.  They were asked a direct question from their Lord, and they had to answer for themselves.
    1. Eventually we have to get to a point where we just need to take a stand regarding Jesus.  We can’t sit on the fence any longer; we have to choose to move forward in faith. [Billy Graham, conflict with Templeton & his view of the Bible.]  “Finally I went for a walk in the moonlit forest. I knelt down with my Bible on a tree stump in front of me and began praying. I don’t recall my exact words, but my prayer went something like this: “O Lord, there are many things in this book I don’t understand. There are many problems in it for which I have no solution. … But, Father, by faith I am going to accept this as Thy Word. From this moment on I am going to trust the Bible as the Word of God.”” (billygraham.org/story/faith-101-what-is-the-bible/)  Billy Graham had that moment regarding the word of God.  Martin Luther had it regarding the doctrine of justification by faith & the other truths that made a break from the Catholic Church.  Commanded to recant, Luther supposedly said, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” (Diet of Worms)  Have you had to make the choice?  If not, you will.
    2. Of course, that is all regarding doctrine.  Far more foundational is our stand concerning the identity and work of Jesus.  We have to come a decision regarding WHO Jesus is, and WHAT Jesus has done.  We cannot rely upon the faith of our grandparents, though we may have had godly grandparents.  We cannot rely upon the faith of our friends, family, pastor, or whomever.  We have to make the decision ourselves, and we cannot put it off forever.  One thing for certain: the choice has to be made in this life.  It will be too late when you finally stand before Jesus face-to-face.

30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.

  1. One more time, Jesus commanded people to be silent…this time His own disciples.  And the really interesting thing is that Jesus commanded His disciples to be silent about the very truth that they were preaching all over Judea!  Jesus had repeatedly invited people to follow Him as Lord, and called upon them to believe on the one whom God had sent.  If the 12 disciples were to go out and proclaim Jesus as Messiah, it would be no different than what they had been doing for the past many months (or years).  What made the change?  Again, it’s the timing and plan of God.  No doubt, Jesus would later specifically charge the disciples to go spread the news to every corner of the world.  But at this point in His ministry, there was one singular focus: to get to Jerusalem and go to the cross as a sacrifice for sin.  It’s not that Jesus would not give people opportunities to come to faith in Him along the way; it’s that the disciples were not given a missionary mission at this time.  They needed to tell no one, so that they could stay focused on the task at hand (which they would struggle with – as Ch. 8 will go on to show).
  2. Keep in mind that this command from Jesus was for a specific group of people at a specific time in history.  This was not the final command He gave to His disciples, so we cannot take these words as an excuse not to tell the world about Jesus.  Jesus’ final commission actually reversed these words because the timing was now right.  Matthew 28:19–20, "(19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen." []  This is OUR commission & OUR command now as well.  Today, we know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and our mission is to tell all of the world the wonderful good news of His coming.

Conclusion:
What seemed to be totally different actually turned out to have a lot in common.  Both the blind man of Bethsaida and the 12 disciples had a slow time seeing Jesus.  The townspeople of Bethsaida had their own thoughts of Jesus, as did the general population of Galilee.  Yet ultimately, it wasn’t about the public opinion, but personal faith.  The blind man needed to personally interact with Jesus, just as the 12 disciples needed to personally take a stand.  Both came to their conclusions slowly, with the man seeing people like trees, and the disciples working through their fuzzy faith & hardness of heart.  Eventually, both saw Jesus clearly: the man using his restored physical sight, and the disciples using their confirmed spiritual sight.  Both were even told not to spread the news – at least, not yet.  Soon, all the world would know as Jesus revealed Himself in His glory.

Here’s the truth: as people, we’re blind.  We’re blinded to the things of God because we’re so consumed with ourselves.  Spiritually speaking, we’re helpless, and we’re in dire need of rescue.  If we never see Jesus as the Christ, we’ll always be blind.  Jesus gives sight!  Jesus knows exactly what we need to come to that place of spiritual sight & salvation, and He’ll do (as He’s already done) to bring us there.

But we need to respond.  We’ve got to look up to Jesus and take that step of faith.  Just like the blind man – just like the disciples.  If we never respond to what we already know about Jesus, then we cannot go any further.  We can make up whatever ideas we want to about Him, but it will always be just a false opinion, until we respond to the truth that has already been revealed: that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Do you see Jesus clearly?  You have the opportunity today!  Look up – look to Jesus, asking Him to reveal Himself to you & to give you the “sight” you need to be saved. …

As a Christian, do you still see Jesus clearly?  Has your vision been obscured?  Have you started entertaining false ideas about Jesus, or incomplete ideas about Him, rather than looking to Him rightly as Christ your King?   Have you come to a point where you need to make a stand for Christ, firmly declaring yourself to be a believer that Jesus is God.  Here you stand, and you can do no other?  Maybe you need to take a stand today.

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