Do you have 20/20 vision?
“I’m Jim Watkins, and this is 20/20.” Yep, brace yourself for a whole new year of motivational speakers, politicians, preachers and Internet memes playing off this year’s date of 2020. And I’m sure all the vision centers around the world are offering customers 20/20 vision!
And that’s what makes Jesus’ healing of the blind man, recorded in Mark 8, so curious. Jesus touches the man’s eyes and asks, “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 8:24-25).
So, why did it take two touches? It’s kinda hard to imagine the Son of God saying, “Oops, sorry about that! Uh, let’s try that again.”
Perhaps—and it’s just a theory—that Jesus is making a bigger point than simply healing physical blindness. Surrounding this account are two reports of the disciple’s vision of Jesus.
Just six verses earlier, the disciples are complaining about having only one loaf of bread—immediately after Jesus has fed 4,000 men—and probably as many women and children— with a few fish and scraps of bread.
Jesus shakes his head and asks, “Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see?”
Second, immediately following the two-step healing of the blind man:
Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” Peter actually get the question right! “You are the Messiah” or the anointed one.
But then, things go blurry in verses 31-33: When Jesus warns his disciples that he will soon be tortured and crucified, so “Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.”
Jesus responds, “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
I think the two-stage healing of the blind man is symbolic of our distorted vision of God and his ways.
We have accepted Christ as our Savior, but we see his ways as “trees walking.” We’re still seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s perspective.
But what happens when we accept Christ as our Lord and become fully devoted followers? Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit who helps us see things more clearly—from God’s point of view. It’s a process, not “one and done.”
I pray that you experience 20/20 vision in 2020—or whatever year you’re watching/reading this.
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