A Second Touch

“So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”

Mark 8:23-25

          The second touch healing of the blind man is one of Jesus' most peculiar miracles. Not only does he spit on a man's eyes, but complete restoration of his sight comes in two stages. Context is everything in this passage. Moments before this healing Jesus is dealing with the spiritual blindness of his own disciples. In the healing of this man Jesus was revealing their need of deeper spiritual discernment regarding who Jesus was and what it was he had come to accomplish.

The disciples were not completely blind in their estimation of their master, but their spiritual vision was faint at best. Jesus was still largely a means to an end. This is not to say that they didn't genuinely love him, they simply did not understand that he was in himself the reality of all their hopes and dreams. 

A great many Christians are in need of a second touch. When we first come to Christ, few of us realize who Jesus actually is. The tendency is for us to grasp the theory of the gospel and then move on. But Jesus is infinitely more than a theory. He is life, love, and the source of all goodness. Many of us are going through the motions without actually discerning and rejoicing in the goodness and majesty of our Savior.

When Jesus is seen in his fullness and the heart of God is made known to us our lives become characterized by joy and love. Everything else will become clear in the light of his glory and grace. Our anxieties lift and our daily fellowship with our Heavenly Father becomes sweet as we come to see him clearly.

While nothing I can write here is capable of granting the second touch, my prayer is to facilitate an awareness that there is more to Jesus than we realize. Even in our greatest efforts to be faithful we can easily miss the faithfulness of the one who has accomplished infinitely more than we realize on our behalf. If you even faintly wonder whether or not you may be suffering from an impaired vision of our Lord, then I entreat you to petition heaven for a second touch. 

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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