Mark 8:22-25 – Looking Unto Jesus

Mark 8:22-25
22
And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

-What a puzzling section of scripture.  After all of the miracles which Jesus performed in the Gospels (to say nothing of His work as Creator of everything), Jesus takes two efforts in order to fully heal this blind man.  Why?  I think the key lies in verse 25 where after putting His hands on the blind man’s eyes, Jesus “made him look up”.  In the Greek, “made him look up” is the word “diablepó” and is similar to our modern expression “looking at something like you’ll burn a hole through it”.  We would say that to someone who was staring very intently at something and that’s exactly what Jesus expected of the blind man before He would heal him completely.  It’s not necessarily a lesson to the blind man himself, but rather a lesson to Jesus’ disciples who were standing by as well as any of us who have chosen to follow Jesus down through the ages.  Jesus’ encounter with the blind man started in verse 23 when Jesus took him by the hand and led him out of town.  That shows that the blind man made a choice to follow Jesus; but it wasn’t until he looked at Jesus intently, that he could be granted complete clarity of vision.  You may have heard of Jesus, you may have even made a choice to follow Jesus, but if you ever REALLY take a good look at Jesus, it’ll change the way you see everything.

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