Mark Has Some Good News, Part 33, Sympathetic Spit
Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida
22 And 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 men, 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."
Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus knows not only what you want but what you need? That you might want a sporty car but He'll send you a minivan because you wife's pregnant. Or that you might want a new job but a big client will be looking for you which will make you just as happy if you stay.
Jesus cares about how you feel, I know He seems distant, stuck I the four gospels and not exactly in a sweet and footprints in the sand kind of way. But he does and here's why I know that.
When Jesus healed that man who was blind He didn't just give him sight he game him perception. The man had probably never seen anything before. I can just imagine a world filled with never ending blackness and deafening sounds. Jesus not only gave his sight back as we see in the man’s first comment. Men like trees would be exactly what a blind man who had no previous depth perception would have thought the world looked like. But Jesus knowing that his life was going to be filled with fear and hesitation gave him perception. He knew that knowing how big and small things actually are would make this man’s life better.
Jesus knew and practiced an understanding love. A love that is not bound by technicalities and status quo. A love that shows it has no end.