I Was Blind But Now I See
"Now let's move to another miracle in the Gospel of Mark, in chapter 8. This happens to be after Jesus miraculously fed another large crowd. We'll begin in verse 22: "They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, `Do you see anything?'"
Verses 24-25: "He looked up and said, `I see people; they look like trees walking around.' Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly."
"This is the only miracle in the Gospels in which Jesus didn't do a complete healing on the very first attempt. Jesus could heal a man born blind in an instant — perfect eyesight — but here the man's vision was restored only partially. Why do you think that was? Do you think it was for the man's benefit, or for the benefit of the disciples? I believe it was for the disciples. There was something here that had a special meaning for them."
"Every time Jesus healed a blind person, he was expressing, in his actions, the fact that he is the one who gives us spiritual sight. We were walking in darkness, and he has given us light. The song "Amazing Grace" says, "I once was blind, and now I see." It's talking about spiritual sight and understanding. Before God called us, we were spiritually blind and ignorant. But he opens our eyes — turns on the lights — so we can begin to understand."
"But it usually doesn't happen instantly. Our vision is blurred at first. We can see, but we can't see perfectly. We understand, but only in part. It takes another anointing before we can see correctly."