Often feel you are behind others in hearing God and knowing His voice? May be you are a new Christian and see others more mature in their faith seemingly having much more of God?
Marks Gospel gives us this account: “ Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, ‘I see men like trees, walking.’ Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then He sent him away to his house, saying, ‘Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.’
Jesus healed many blind people during His earthly ministry, and four of them are recorded in detail in the gospels. Mark alone records Jesus’ miracle of healing the blind man from Bethsaida which happened not far from the scene of the feeding of the 5,000.
The blind man had been brought to Christ for healing by some friends or family. Before dealing with the man’s blindness, Jesus separates the afflicted man from the crowd, taking him out of town away from the inhabitants. As in another healing, He uses His spittle on the man’s eyes, and afterward, He commands the man not to tell others what had transpired.
This miracle illustrates important spiritual truths. Although the man may still have been able to sense light, he remained blind. His blindness is a physical portrayal of spiritual or moral blindness, indicating one who is incapable of discerning the spiritual and moral truths that are plain to those whom God has called.
His healing is unique in that it occurs in stages rather than instantaneously.
This healing by stages pictures the process of a believer’s spiritual understanding, the conversion process each Christian experiences. Christ asks the blind man “if he saw anything”, and he looks up, indicating a natural first inclination toward the source of light to discern images. The man’s reply, “I see men like trees, walking”, reveals that he had not been born blind. However, he could not precisely discern the shape and magnitude of the objects he recognized.
Christ’s method of healing here shows that our spiritual enlightenment is a continuous process and Jesus will take the right amount of time and care in our development.
At first, we cannot see God’s truth clearly. Most of our spiritual blindness remains, but as our faith, obedience, and growth develops, Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith” , increases the clarity of our spiritual vision through the power of His Holy Spirit.
So as I say often, let’s press on and we WILL see more of Him, we really will.
Have a good week