Jesus worked hard to help his disciples see the truth about his Messianic role and path. He told the disciples three times that he would die and rise from the dead! Their blindness prevented them from hearing this simple truth. They could not make the jump from knowledge to understanding because it did not make sense to them. They were color-blind to the message from Jesus.
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?" 1
Jesus healed this blind man to a blur to demonstrate how the disciples saw him. You do not see me clearly! Traditional ways of healing sight (spittle) had a limited affect. He required the blind man to look intently at him and his sight was restored.
We pray that those who follow you will be healed from their blindness. We also pray that conditions that make your sight blurry will be lifted when you look intently at Jesus.
Our society today is stumbling around in confusion. Patiently guide them to a safe place and attend to the blindness that has overcome them.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
1 The New International Version. (2011). (Mark 8:23). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
Copyright © Danny Sartin. All Rights Reserved. Photos taken by Cathy and Danny Sartin in Africa.
Kingdom Leadership is written for missionaries and ministers serving our Lord in various parts of the world.
Re-Prints: Deeper Still Missions devotionals are protected by international copyright laws. To request reprint permission contact the offices of DSM. Permission is granted and encouraged to forward this post in its entirety to others without making any changes or deletions.