Summary: The New Testament records Jesus healing seven different blind men. And in each case He employed a different method. God is a God of variety. He seldom saves two people the same way.
You might recognize the title from the television series, “Friday Night Lights.” When I moved from Alabama twenty-four years ago I thought High School football was big there, but I soon learned that, like everything else, High School football is HUGE in Texas. The movie “Friday Night Lights” was based on the dynasty of Permian High School in Odessa. But in the television series that ran from 2006 through 2011, the action was set in a fictional town named Dillon, Texas. I really enjoyed watching the show. For you other Friday Night Lights fans, here are a couple of trivia facts. The show was mostly filmed in Austin, and the stadium used in the series is Pflugerville High School. Before the series began, Lindsay Lohan was offered a leading role, but she declined saying she wanted to concentrate on her movie career. Let me know how that’s working out!
In the locker room of the Dillon Panthers, their slogan was painted on the wall: CLEAR EYES. FULL HEARTS. CAN’T LOSE. Peter Berg, the show’s writer and producer, created the slogan. In 2012, Mitt Romney used that slogan for part of his campaign without giving any credit to the source. When Peter Berg heard about it, he contact the campaign and told them the phrase was plagiarized it they did not have his permission to use it.
So in the interest of full disclosure, I am citing that the source of this motto is Peter Berg. But that’s the phrase that came to my mind when I read this miracle of Jesus healing a blind man. After encountering Jesus, the man had clear eyes, a full heart, and he couldn’t lose.
Mark 8:22-26. “They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Don’t go into the village.’”
In 1972 Johnny Nash recorded his one-hit wonder, “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.” That’s what this double miracle is all about. The blind man was touched, but he couldn’t see clearly, so Jesus touched him again. Actually, Jesus touched him three different times, and these three touches teach us how God wants to deal with each one of us. Let’s examine each touch.
I. THE FIRST TOUCH OF CONVICTION
Some friends brought the blind man to Jesus and the Bible says, “He took the blind man by the hand and let him outside the village.”
They are in the city of Bethsaida, which is at the northern end of the Sea of Galilee. Here’s the first lesson we learn:
A. Jesus wants to lead you away from unbelief
Bethsaida was a city full of unbelief. As I travel to Israel, I’ve noticed something unusual. Many of the cities that existed during the ministry of Jesus are still thriving cities. Tiberius is still a lively city. Cana, Jericho, and Bethlehem are all large cities. But there are two particular cities that are nothing but a bunch of ruins now. Those two cities are Capernaum and Bethsaida. Why is that?