“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard; the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.” – Luke 7:22
Jesus directed that visiting messengers from John the Baptist report to John their observations of Jesus’ extraordinary activities (verse above).
Overviewing his ministry, Jesus listed miracles predicted of the prophesied Messiah, as foretold in Isaiah 29:18-21 and 35:5-6. Jesus’ underlying message to John was, “I am the Messiah come from God.” His miracles revealed his compassionate approach in healing bodies, minds, and souls as he sought to restore folks to wholeness and a right relationship with God.
Focusing on “People Jesus Healed,” we continue highlighting Jesus’ healing ministry along with individuals he healed. Blind folks specifically were among those Jesus healed.
People begged Jesus to heal a blind man in Mark 8:22-25. Taking the man’s hand, Jesus led him outside the village. Placing spittle on his eyes, he laid his hands on him, asking, “Do you see anything?” The man’s vision was clouded, but when Jesus touched his eyes again, his vision was fully restored.
In healing this man, Jesus was patient, just as he faithfully reiterated kingdom truths in leading disciples and followers to open their eyes and see him as the Messiah. Peter, for example, finally “saw,” declaring in Mark 8:29, “You are the Christ [Messiah].” His “spiritual” eyes were opened, and he recognized that Jesus was the Son of God (Matthew 16:16-17).
We find several accounts of Bartimaeus. In Mark 10:46-52, as Jesus traveled near Jericho, he heard loud outcries. Responding to Bartimaeus’ request for sight, Jesus said, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” This story as found in Luke 18:35-43 adds, “And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people … gave praise to God.” A similar account of two blind men is found in Matthew 9:27-31.
Significantly, in an unparalleled feat (John 9:1-41), Jesus healed a beggar man born blind. Jesus used mud (from spittle and dirt) to anoint the beggar’s eyes and told him to wash at the Pool of Siloam, thus giving him sight.
In this remarkable encounter, Jesus also revealed these spiritual truths: the man’s blindness was not because of sins of his parents or himself; the healing brought glory to God; the Sabbath does not restrict healing; the beggar obeyed, believed in, and worshipped Jesus; Pharisees and temple leaders remained blind to spiritual truth.
We praise you, Jesus, for healing our eyes and lives. You are the light of the world. We pray for spiritual illumination as you open our eyes and enlighten our hearts to your kingdom truths—and inspire us to serve others. Amen.
Kay Henry is a columnist for The Claremore Progress. All Bible quotations are from “The Holy Bible, English Standard Version” (ESV), unless otherwise noted.