Summary: It almost seems like Jesus cannot heal this blind man. It takes Him 2 times to give this man back his sight. What's going on here and what can it tell us about our need for God's touch in our lives?

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OPEN: How many of you spend time on Facebook? (At least half the congregation raised their hands).

Me too.

And I have a number of friends on Facebook – 634 at last count – many of whom I barely know. But they are more than willing to share their thoughts with me.

Some time back one of my FB friends shared a picture with me that had this thought:

“Smoking weed doesn’t make me a bad person,

just like going to Church doesn’t make you a good person.”

Now, that offended me.

If they’d simply said “Smoking weed doesn’t make me a bad person” I’d have been ok with that I guess. But whoever had created that picture message felt compelled to pull God and His church into the argument… and that annoyed me.

And when I get annoyed I just have to speak up, so I posted this response:

“You’re right.

Smoking weed doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.

And going to church doesn’t mean you’re a good person.

And taking your car to the mechanic doesn’t mean you’ll get your car fixed.

And going to the hospital doesn’t mean you’ll be healed of what ails you.

BUT those are the places to go if those are the results you want.”

My point is this:

If I want certain things to happen in my life then there are certain places I need to be, places I need to go and things I need to do.

Now, I want you to hold that thought for a minute as we look at our text this morning.

Jesus has come to a town called Bethsaida. And while He’s there, there are some people bring their friend to Jesus to be healed of his blindness. Now, that’s not unusual, because Jesus healed all kinds of people during His ministry.

• He healed lepers

• And cripples

• And demoniacs

• And raised the dead.

• And of course He healed a bunch of people who’d been blind… just like this man.

There doesn't seem to be anything Jesus can't do!

But not this time.

This time it almost seems like Jesus can’t heal this man.

All through His ministry Jesus healed people… miraculously

He would heal them by merely saying they were healed (Mk 7:29, John 4:50)

Or He healed people by letting them touch Him (Mt. 9:20; 14:36)

Or He healed people by Him touching them (Mark 6:5)

The lame walked… the deaf heard… dumb spoke.

And ALL were healed immediately.

But not this time!

“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.’” (Mark 8:23-24)

That’s not healed!

It’s close, but it’s not real impressive.

ILLUS: It’s kind of like going to the eye doctor and getting glasses that let you see “kind of good”. That’s ok, I suppose… but it’s not really what you were expecting. If you get glasses from the Optometrist you would expect to see perfectly… immediately.

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Greg Nance

commented on Aug 9, 2014

Thanks Jeff, I can see that passage better now too! God bless.

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