No matter how much we think we know about the Lord and the Bible, there is always more to learn. After reading a familiar story in the Bible and then the commentary on it in my ESV study Bible, I found something I hadn’t thought of before.
The story: Jesus healing the blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-31). (Before I go on, tuck these next 5 words away that Jesus spoke to His disciples before the story – “DO YOU NOT YET UNDERSTAND?”).
So, the story: Jesus took the blind man outside the city; perhaps because Jesus not only wanted the man away from any elements of unbelief and hostility, but also because He wanted His disciples to understand more fully who He is. Little by little their sight would be opened to more truth.
Jesus spit and laid His hands on the blind man and asked, “Do you see anything?” The answer: “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” (hmmm, seems strange, but remember Jesus is also teaching His disciples something). Jesus laid His hands on his eyes again, and as he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
Right after this, Jesus questioned His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And then the important question: “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered for the group, “You are the Christ.” Though they finally came to realize He is the Messiah they were looking for, they did not fully understand that the Messiah must die and be raised again. That would come as Jesus continued to teach them. For now, they saw Jesus as the God man walking with them, who they hoped would liberate them from Roman rule. Oh, there was so much more! Their sight and understanding would be opened in time.
We don’t always understand everything that we hear and read, but take heart; the Holy Spirit, as our teacher, will open our eyes and heart to the truth if we ask Him.
For now – how about you? Do you not yet understand? Who do you say Jesus is? This is where it needs to begin. He is the Savior – He lived, died for our sins, rose again in victory over sin and the grave. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? Let Jesus open your eyes.
If you have, don’t stop there – keep learning and growing. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE!