“Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?”
What an amazing and gentle thing for Jesus to do. He offers his hand in order to guide this one to a better environment for that which he is about to do. Jesus really is quite considerate, and very aware of the “circus” he causes in the town.
In many ways, we are so like this blind man. We have no spiritual sight, we stumble and bumble through life. We are doomed to live this way, blind to anything of significance. But along comes Jesus, he takes us by our hand. We walk through the streets, with him leading us. Little do we know, that in just a moment we are going to see.
This blind man is being led by a stranger, who is leading him down dusty streets to an undisclosed location. Yet, for some reason, he trusts Jesus, and allows himself to be led. As he walked holding the hand of Jesus, his faith grows. By the time they arrive at the spot outside the walls, we just know what is going to happen next.
Jesus spits! Right into each eye. He puts his thumbs into them and brings a complete reconstruction of each eye. Jesus is standing right in front of him. He asks, “Now can you see?” I can see him blinking, and rolling his eyes, squinting and trying very hard to see. And he does– but only limitedly. Things are still blurry.
Jesus doesn’t berate the man, or belittle him for not getting a complete healing. He just repeats this process, and within a minute the blind man now sees the world that before he only staggered through a moment ago..
If you must know, I am that blind man, I walked in spiritual darkness. Things have not ever been easy. I have stumbled and tripped through life. I have been the butt of schoolboy pranks, and I have begged for crusts. I have gone hungry a lot of the time.
But this man, Jesus found me. He healed me. And my ugly, pathetic life was changed. I am now a witness to what he can do–and does! I added nothing to my healing, it was a miracle. I just opened my eyes.
“Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.”