One day while Jesus was in a town called Bethsaida, “some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him” (Mark 8:22). Their motivation wasn’t so much an issue of compassion and concern as it was a desire to see Jesus perform another miracle. Their actions were no more spiritually motivated than when we take a trip to LensCrafters to get a new pair of glasses.
The people living in Bethsaida had witnessed many miracles of Jesus and yet they failed to recognize Jesus as the Messiah and repent. As a result, Jesus pronounced future judgment. “Then He proceeded to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago! But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you” (Matt. 11:20-22).
The people of Bethsaida brought the blind man to Jesus only so they might witness another miracle. How ironic. They were spiritually blind and didn’t know it. Regardless of the wrong motivation of the people, Jesus had compassion.
“He took the blind man by the hand and brought him out of the village. Spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people—they look to me like trees walking.” Again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and he saw distinctly. He was cured and could see everything clearly. 26 Then He sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village”” (Mark 8:23-26).
Jesus drew the man out of the place of sin. He took the blind man outside the town to heal him. Jesus guides this man to the place where his sight would be given. The blind man had to walk with Jesus to get there. I see here a clear illustration of how the Lord leads blind sinners to the place of salvation.
One of the things that makes this miracle so unique is that this is the only time in the Gospel record where Jesus healed someone in stages. Many times Jesus touched them or spoke to them and they were healed. This miracle sheds light on the way God opens the eyes of the spiritually blind. This miracle illustrates how God is able to take someone who cannot understand spiritual truth and how He works patiently with them, step by step, to bring them to the place of full comprehension.
As this miracle unfolded, Jesus asked the blind man if he saw anything. That same question could be asked of all of us. “Do You See Anything?” Is your spiritual sight as keen as it should be? Do you have the Lord in sharp, clear focus in your heart and life today? Do you know who He is and understand what He is doing in your life? Do You See Anything? Have you seen the truth that you stand in need of a Savior today? Has the Lord revealed your condition to you? Is He calling you to come to Him? If He is, please do not delay. Come to Jesus while He calls. Come to Jesus now.