Mark 8:22–26 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida
they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you
see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent
him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
Ok, some how I got way off track on my post for yesterday. I jumped about four readings ahead, so I have back-tracked to where
I should have been.
In today’s reading, a blind man is healed. Call it a simple miracle, but it is not simple even today... and to the blind man, it was invaluable! Jesus starts the healing
by spitting on the man’s eyes. Gee, thanks Jesus. Something always strikes me funny about this miracle is his answer to Jesus question “Do you see anything?” The blind man responds “I see people, but they look like trees,
walking.” Obviously his eyes are not fully healed yet, but he sees people walking, but they look like trees. To me, this probably means that his eyes have worked at one time, because he knew what trees looked like. Jesus then laid his
hands on his eyes and “opened his eyes” and his sight was restored. Now I have always wondered if some of the text was missing, such as “Here, let me wipe that spit out of your eyes so you can see better.” Anyway,
what we do see is that Jesus just healed a blind man. Now put yourself in the blind man’s position and meditation on how Jesus changed your life. The physical healing of his eyes is nothing compared to the gift of forgiveness and eternal
life. These are gifts he has given you.
I pray, O Lord, I repent of my sins and want to do better. I know there are times I want you to physically change me for the better. Forgive
me for not being content with your forgiveness and eternal life. With those two gifts Lord, what more do I need? Amen.