Summary: Jesus still wants to lead people to tranformed lives.
Jesus Spit in His Eyes
Aug. 6, 2006 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
And they came* to Bethsaida. And they brought* a blind man to Jesus and implored* Him to touch him. 23 Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?" 24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around." 25 Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. 26 And He sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village." Mark 8:22-26 (NASB)
The entire landscape of the blind man’s life was changed after he’d been alone with Jesus. (Essence of the text in a sentence)
Jesus still wants to lead people to transformed lives. (Essence of the sermon in a sentence)
I pray you’ll allow Jesus the freedom to move in your life anyway He wants. (Objective)
I Jesus took his hand. Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village
A As the blind man was led, we see a glimpse into the genesis of his faith.
1 Can you imagine what is going through this man’s mind?
a This man doesn’t know Jesus (know of "yes")
b As far as he knows he could be led to a secluded spot to be mugged, robbed, murdered...didn’t know where Jesus was leading him.
c This man has a basic belief that Jesus has something for him.
2 Jesus took the blind man by the hand (Jesus wanted this man to be healed).
B Jesus wants you to come to Him just like you are, & He’ll do the rest.
1 He knows we’re sinful, prone to wander, backslide, give into the lusts of our heart...
2 He wants us to allow Him to take us by our hands.
a We’ve got to believe He has something for us we can’t get on our own.
b When Jesus is genuinely leading us, we don’t always know where He’s taking us.
C (IL) Trust in God’s leading
II Jesus took him aside privately He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?"
A Jesus had something for this man that He wanted to give him in private.
1 Similar approach in 7:33. Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva ...Mark 7:33 (NASB)
2 I think there are several reasons Jesus brought him out of the village:
a Bethsaida was a place that didn’t want to God to move.
b Faith: Jesus wanted this blind man to have enough faith in Him to let Him lead. (Belief got him there, faith in Jesus would take him the rest of the way).
c Jesus wanted to spend some time alone with the blind man (relationship, fellowship, communion, intimacy).
B Often times you must get alone with Jesus to receive what He has for you.
1 One of the reasons many of us live outside of God’s blessing, annointing, God’s will, & without His touch is we do not spend time with Jesus alone.
a He’s going to talk to us...in private
b Convict of sin, correction...TRUE!