Some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch and heal him. After spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on the man, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” Mark 8:22
Can you imagine the people’s reaction when Jesus spat on the man’s eyes? [Mark 8:23] “We asked You to touch him; not to spit on him.” Most of us think of spittle as disgusting. But in actual sense, your spittle is one of the most intimate things we possess. God does not see spit the way we see spit. Inside your saliva is your DNA. By spitting on the man Jesus was saying, “This is what I am made up of and I am giving it to you.” Because His spit carries His DNA and He is applying it for healing because Jesus’s DNA is the DNA of God. That is if God has a DNA.
The spit also contains white blood cells and white blood cells control the body’s defense system against diseases. The man’s vision defense system was weak, so Jesus strengthens it with His system. When Jesus spat we say, “How can He be that gross?’ Heaven said, “How can He be that intimate?” Jesus was not disrespecting the man but was honoring him. God’s was is not always our way.
When you come to God asking Him to do something in our lives do not worry about how God will do it.
Mark 8:22 “…and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. vs. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village…”
Amazingly the first touch from Jesus was not for the man’s physical healing but for his emotional and psychological healing. Jesus could have told the people to take the blind man out of the city. But instead the Bible tells us that Jesus held his hand and lead him out. Jesus did not drag him out; He led him out.
This man literally followed Jesus blindly. He could not see and he didn’t know where Jesus was taking him. As Christ-followers, where we literally follow Jesus blindly. You cannot tell where He is taking you. It may not feel right, He is taking you out of your comfort zone. All you need to know at such times is that Jesus is leading you and you follow.
Mark 8:24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” The blind man could not see the people clearly. Your life in Christ is a process. (“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”) You will not reach spiritual maturity overnight. Jesus understands you are a “work in progress.” You must be totally honest with Jesus and yourself. He loves you and wants you to tell it like it is.
Prayer: Lord, as You show me Your way, I make a commitment to walk with you no matter how uncomfortable it is.
There is a saying that even Christians take comfort from during times of tragedy, “Time heals all wounds.” But unfortunately, that is not true. Time has no inherent healing power. Only God has healing power! I know people who are just as bitter and angry today as they were ten years ago. Time hasn’t healed their souls. I know people who are playing the blame game louder today than they were 30 years ago.
Only Jesus has healing power and so if you have a broken heart Psalm 147:3“. For the Lord comforts (For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”) his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. No one can mend a broken heart but the Lord. Other people’s words will encourage you and bring a measure of healing but the ultimate healing is always from the Lord. He has the power, love and divine skill to actually cure you of the extraordinary pain that you are going through.
God is able to restore your soul (Psalm 23:3) and perform a spiritual heart transplant [Ezakiel 36:26] if that is what it takes to move you into health and hope again. This seems impossible when you have a broken heart but it is not impossible to God! The will of God is always restoration and healing.
If you have a broken heart, friend, I know Someone who has the expert skills to easily and perfectly mend it. Not only is He able to repair your broken heart, but He has the desire to do it.
Having served as a Pastor for over thirty years, I have observed people whose lives are “broken.” Sometimes they would come to me and ask me if I could fix “it.” It may be a broken marriage or a parent/child relationship. Sometimes people look at their situation and conclude “This is so broken it cannot be fixed, repaired or restored.” So they get a divorce, give up on that relationship, or worse turn their back on God and quit living for Him.
I can understand their reasoning. From a human standpoint, there seems no way this wrong can be made right. We think that OUR situation is SO BAD that even God cannot untangle the mess. But that is not so. I have been amazed how God can take the “broken” and bring healing, restoration and wholeness. Consider:
- He is the one who heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
- “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
In Ezekiel 37, we read the story of the Valley of Dry Bones. These were not recently slain corpses but dry bones! God asks Ezekiel a very pointed question, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answers,“Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” That is a great answer for only God can “fix” some of life’s greatest challenges!
Years ago we used to sing a chorus, God Can Do Anything But Fail.” True. Let God begin to work in your life. Turn it over to Him and see God work in your life!
Have you ever did something nice for someone and it upset other people? Sometime people are hard to figure out. Taken for example the demon-possessed man that Jesus healed in Luke 8. Jesus had completely delivered the man from many demons and you would think the entire community would be glad but just the opposite. Verse 37 says,”Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.” The questions that baffles me is: 1] Why were they afraid? and 2] Why ask Jesus to leave?
Jesus healing the man is a good thing,right? They should be happy that the man was no longer a threat to the community, right? They should be rejoicing that their neighbor was now clothed and in his right mind! But no, they asked this ‘doer-of-good’ to get out of town.
Since I could not find a reasonable answer to my questions, allow me to share some possible answers:
a] People are often afraid of change and things they cannot understand.
b] They saw Jesus as a threat to their business (the expelled demons went into a herd of swine and were drown.
c] They may have felt guilty for being more concerned about losing their pigs then being happy a man was restored.
Not sure if any of these suggestions are correct. Your thoughts are welcomed.