Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Just a Little Jesus Spit


Have you ever been in a situation and you feel there’s no way out? You give up believing. You take on the motto: It is what it is.

In Mark chapter 8, there was a blind man who lived in Bethsaida. It says, “…they brought a blind man to him.” It never says the blind man asked for healing. Or that he used his walking-stick to find Jesus. Maybe he did, but it never says.

What if this man finally had succumbed to his condition? It is what it is.
Sometimes when our friends lack faith, it’s up to us to believe for them. To exhort them. To raise them up to Jesus, to take them to Him. And let’s be honest, isn’t it easier to believe for someone else than for ourselves?

It says, Jesus took the man out of the city. Why not do it on the spot? Why take him out? I think sometimes when we’ve been in a condition it becomes the norm. No one really believes we can be more than we are. Maybe the town was full of skeptics, other than a few friends. Or maybe the man was comfortable being blind. It didn’t seem that he was searching Jesus out on his own.

God will often take us out of our comfort zone to do the miraculous. To prove who he is.

After Jesus spit in his eyes (gross, Jesus! But I’d take His spit. I tell you I
would.) he asked him what he saw.

The man answered, “I see men like trees, walking.” 

Did Jesus make a mistake? Had he lost too much sleep and wasn't on his A 
game?

No! 

He wasn’t only healing this man. He was doing two things: Jesus was forcing the man to trust. And He was teaching the disciples and us a lesson. Prior to this event, Jesus fed 4000 bread. He’d just walked on water on his way to Bethsaida. But his disciples didn’t fully understand. 

During this feeding, they worried about provisions. Afterwards, the Pharisees wanted to see a sign. Jesus departs with his disciples and warns them to be aware of the leaven (sin/corruption) of the Pharisees. But they didn’t get this either. 

They thought he was making a point about forgetting bread earlier.

Jesus says, ““Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? When 
I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?”

They said to Him, “Twelve.”

 “Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?”

And they said, “Seven.”

So He said to them, “How is it you do not
understand?”

His disciples saw…but dimly. We see things dimly too. Sometimes we don’t understand what Jesus is up to. That’s okay. We don’t have to understand it all.

We do have to trust.

He will perfect that which concerns you.

He told the man who was now seeing blurry to look up. Sometimes we just need to look up—to him. When he did this, he could see clearly.

I read a story about a man named Virgil. He was 50 years old and had been blind since birth. He had a “successful” eye surgery, but “he often felt more disabled than he had felt when he was blind.” He saw things but he had a hard time making sense of what he saw. Trees ran together, the trunks and leaves. Dimensions were skewed.

Apparently, motion and colors are inherent in the brain; they need not be learned or relearned. We just see them. They are just there. But this is no surprise for Jesus. He knew the newly healed blind man would have no depth perception or ability to synthesize shape and form (much like Virgil). The man’s brain had to be recalibrated—renewed. One amazing second! And in that moment he knew what you and I have since childhood—how to see.

We’re born into sin. It distorts our view. What we need is to look up. Have Jesus renew our minds to His. Like the blind man, it’s a process. But one day, in an instant we’ll be changed and see so clearly!

We have to exercise our brain and tell our eyes what they’re really seeing. 

How do we do that? By the washing of the water of the word. In Revelation 3:18 Jesus says, “…anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” That Greek word for “salve” means a remedy for tender eyes. He is our remedy! 

Jesus will never leave a work unfinished.

“What do you see?” Jesus asks.

Only you and I can admit our condition.

He is always willing to help us see things more clearly.

Do you need a recalibration? Have things been looking a little blurry lately?

Repent.
Restored.
Reprogrammed. 

9 comments:

  1. We seem to be in a sort of dance, Jessica - several of your recent posts have had a very direct correlation to my life as it is now! I rather enjoy it.

    I'm definitely in need of recalibration. The only pain medication that I can take has become ineffective, and the only other balm - cheap cigars! - are also losing potency. What on earth do I DO?

    Well...the only recourse left is meditation, but the demand is now not relaxation, but something far more 'invasive'.

    That requires access to a reservoir of stillness that exists, so I understand, within each of us. It's the place that can actually experience the still, small voice of God. I have thought I have reached it, in the past. But now the game is afoot, and there is no room for wishful thinking.

    I don't know what the outcome will be - as I write this I'm trying to stay focused and not pitch forward onto the keyboard.

    But it will be interesting, and a good test of faith.

    Though I would not recommend you try it at home.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/

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  2. I recently jotted down some things I've been praying over. One of those things is that God would open my ears to hear His voice. Open my eyes to see what He wants me to see. And give me the courage to take action where He wants me to take action. But I can't lie. Every time I pray these things, it makes me a little nervous. Am I ready to see and hear the things God wants me to see and hear? Am I ready to do the things he wants me to do?

    Great post today!

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  3. "I believe. Help my unbelief, Lord." Such a great quote from the Bible.

    And it's my response to your post today.

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  4. "God will often take us out of our comfort zone to do the miraculous. To prove who he is." SO, I love to "amen" lines like that...but then when I'm in that "not-my-comfort-zone!!!" place, I can be a little more challenging to find the "amen." But then, like you said, God goes and does the miraculous...unblurs my vision...and it rocks.

    I LOVE this, Jess!

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  5. "Jesus will never leave a work unfinished." That is the greatest comfort to me.

    Love this post, girl!

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    1. Oh, my bad! Mis-deletion!
      Jess, I agree with Lindsay. That line hit me with a smack today: "Jesus will never leave a work unfinished." YES! In that same passage, Jesus sighed before He healed the man. Almost a grief of His soul expressing that blindness was never God's intent before sin entered the world. Jesus is IT!

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  7. Amen and Amen!! :) Thank you, Jess, much to ponder on this one :)

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  8. I love that Jesus healed so many blind men, but I don't think he ever did it the same way twice. I often tease my Sunday School Students that we are going to re-enact this one, spit and all! I think it's my favorite because it's so unique, so personal. Thanks for the new revelation on how the eyes needed to be recalibrated, that is definitely something I can relate to!

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