When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. 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?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.
– Mark 8:22-25
I’ve always read this particular passage and wondered why Jesus had to lay his hands on him twice. Upon further reflection, I see that the miracle clearly was not too difficult for Jesus. Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit and could do all types of things, but why did he choose to do this particular miracle in stages?
I believe that Jesus was demonstrating to his disciples that sometimes healing is gradual rather than instantaneous and not just physical healing, but emotional and psychological healing which occurs from the ability to perceive spiritual truth. We can receive healing from wrongful thought patterns that cause emotional pain. Revelation brings this healing. As the Holy Spirit renews our minds by revelation, we are able to see with sharper clarity how big and powerful our God is.
However, spiritual truth is not always perceived clearly at first. This is an important reminder for those who have made a decision to join on Jesus’ mission and are actively making disciples. We may communicate the truth from the Word of God with great clarity and conviction, but it may not be perceived clearly at the other end. It may not lead to someone being completely restored at first.
I just read about this in Exodus 6 when Moses communicated God’s words, but yet the people were too discouraged to listen. We must learn not to give up when truth falls on deaf ears and hard hearts. We must become obstinate in our declaration of God’s truth as we seek to influence others to wholehearted devotion to Christ.
It can be frustrating when someone you care about stays in the same old attitude. However, keep speaking! Keep pushing! Keep preaching! God’s word will not come back empty. Sometimes healing is going to be gradual and we need to be faithful and full of love for the people that God has entrusted to us to care for. We must exhibit great patience and be faithful to always speak the truth with conviction and compassion.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.