Jesus saw that what the man was really lacking was spiritual sight, not physical.
To See or Not To See?
By Ricardo Bacchus, CQ Editorial Assistant
The eye appointment went as expected. After four years of not receiving a check-up (not recommended), my eyes had drastically worsened. The silver lining? A new pair of glasses! It would take two weeks for me to have a “new look.” The glasses arrived, and placing them on my face, I could only see clearly out of my right eye, but not my left. Blurriness couldn’t even begin to describe it. The store told me that this was normal; it would take a couple of days for my eyes to adjust to the new pair.
A week passed and the undefined objects around me remained. It felt like I was wearing a pirate’s eye patch. People started wondering why I was winking at them. The eye doctor rechecked my left eye and admitted it had been wrongly prescribed. I would have to wait another week for my eyesight to “come back.”
Finally, the day came. I positioned the frames on top of my nose, and. . . I could see! From both eyes! 20/20 vision never felt so good. Although it was annoying that it took almost a month to get my prescription right, especially because I didn’t have them in time for Christmas, it was worth the wait. My patience had been put to the test, and I passed.
The Bible says, “When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, ‘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 8:22–25, NLT).
Jesus had the mighty power to heal the blind man in an instant, yet He took the route of delaying the awesome beauty that would shortly come thereafter. This is the only recorded miracle that Jesus cured someone in two stages. Jesus saw that what the man was really lacking was spiritual sight, not physical. “As partial vision was restored to the man, his faith increased and he was ready to believe that Jesus could cure him completely.”*
The sightless man’s faith was weak. Yet, as his vision increased, so did his faith. His unbelief that Jesus could indeed heal him began to wither away. And instead of “walking trees” he finally ended up seeing Jesus’ face—the most precious sight he’d ever see.
If you’re tired of waiting for healing, or for the pain of life to dissipate, anticipate that second stage. “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day” (Prov. 4:18, NLT).
Perfect sight is in sight.
*SDA Bible Commentary, 1st ed., vol. 5, p. 629.