Allow Jesus to lead and handhold you

Allow Jesus to lead and handhold you

Pastor Paul Abraham

 

A Blind Man Healed in Bethsaida

Mark8:22-26 – ‘22Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 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, 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” 25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. 26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”’

Although this is a small passage and sometimes seen as just another miracle amongst many other, this miracle carries deep profound spiritual meaning which will touch your life today.

The good news here is that Jesus the Creator, the great Lord God who loves you and me personally coming to the Bethsaida state of our life. The entry of Jesus into your situation or circumstance of your life is where your miracle begins.  The minute you acknowledge the need for His entry into your life, the miracle begins. Here, the condition of the man is blind (in darkness, helpless and dependent). Know that our Lord Jesus calls out for things which do not exist as though it existed. That’s the power of God. Rom4:17, the Creator Jesus, Jn1:3 says everything that was created was through Him.  Nothing that was created was without Him. Jesus is the image of the invisible God Col 1:15. This is emphasized in V16 & 17 which mentions that everything was created by Him, for Him and through Him. The One who is, who was and who is to come (Rev 1:8); He is the great I AM of Exodus (Ex 3:14).  Jesus said I AM the Bread of life, the Light of this world, the One who gives you living waters and said” I AM HE’. This Creator God is our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

 

1John5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” This confirms that Jesus is the only true God and is eternal life.

 

Jesus came to Bethsaida and those who brought the blind man knew that His one touch would heal him completely. When blind Bartimaeus (Mark10:46) cried out begging Jesus to heal, the people leading the group tried to quieten him unlike the group of people in Bethsaida who were eager to see the blind man healed.  But it is noteworthy that unlike blind Bartimaeus, the blind man in this passage remains quiet while the group who brought him believed that Jesus could heal him and they were begging. Do we have the same burden for the ones suffering around us, do we intercede for others with the same compassion and faith? [ Mark 3:10 says Jesus would heal anyone who were broken or had deficiencies.  Mark 6:56 says wherever Jesus entered any city, people believed in Him and laid the sick so that His one touch could heal them.]

 

Right now as we read this article, I want you to know that Jesus is right beside you, for He said I will never leave thee (Heb 13:5). We ought to deeply desire His one touch, as that can completely change the equation. In  Mark 5:28 we see the lady with the issue of blood who completely believed that she would be healed instantly and she told this to herself (that is the faith we need today). My dear brother & sister in Christ, can you and me exhibit the same faith today. Such is the power of our Creator Lord that operates for those who believe in Him.

 

Jesus restored the sight of the blind man. “Restore or Restoration” means to bring back to the former state or original state. Note that, this person was not born blind and he was brought back to his former state, that is why the Bible says Jesus restored his sight.  Believe that Jesus will and is more than able to restore every area of your life that is impaired or you are struggling with right now or have lost. His one touch is enough, which is power from heaven that will restore and make you complete. The ones who touch Him should receive Him with all their heart in order to be restored.  Heb11:6 says without faith you cannot please God and whoever goes to Him should acknowledge that He is the Sovereign God who knows the end from the beginning. We need to recognize that Jesus Christ is our Savior and only with Him all things are possible as stated in 1 Tim6:15 ‘which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,’

 

Jesus is not a man to lie (Num 23:19).  Every promise of His is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ (2Cor1:20) and there is not even one promise which He gave and did not keep.  Jesus will restore if you trust only in Him and confess that only He can do so. Without faith we cannot please God and He will reward those who seek Him diligently.  Diligence means wholehearted belief when approaching the throne of Grace.  Trust that God has taken control of your situation and you are not alone. He will guide you like Jesus led the blind man out of Bethsaida. The Bible says, Jesus led the man by holding His hand. The reason Jesus led the blind man out of Bethsaida to perform the miracle was because despite witnessing great miracles, the people of Bethsaida were calloused in their hearts and did not believe any more or were not ready to repent and turn back to God. They rejected the power of God, illustrating spiritual blindness. We need to reflect on whether we are similarly blinded by unbelief, having lost trust in God’s ability to touch and restore us. The people of Bethsaida saw miracles, but did not believe, did not give their heart completely, did not repent. Many a time we know what the Bible says, but when it comes to our condition, we struggle to believe that Jesus can do the same miracles for you and me. 2Cor4:4 says the god of this age has blinded minds and makes one to harbor unbelief which paves way for the devil to cause spiritual blindness leading to being unable to grasp the revelations of the Scripture.

 

Matt 11:20-21 explains how we often prefer to hear what pleases us rather than transforming and repenting. Relying solely on prayer without taking steps in faith to overcome challenges is insufficient. We must trust in God’s guidance and provision as we take action. Jesus speaks about the consequences of not applying the Word and turning away from our sinful ways. Seek God with a genuine repentant heart and allow Him to intervene in your life because nothing is hidden from Him. God has confirmed in 1Cor10:13 that He is faithful and will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.  Jesus said He is the way and He has a way out for you that leads to your restoration.  Visualize Him holding your hand (Amos 3:3) and experience life with Him. The Lord is your Shepherd and He goes ahead of you (Isaiah 45:2) and makes your path straight.  Sometimes it would seem like taking a long time, Jairus was hurrying to take Jesus to save his only daughter who was at the point of death when Jesus stopped to know who had touched Him (Matt 9:20-22).  Jesus felt power leave Him when the woman with the issue of blood touched Him. I am sure that when Jairus saw the delay that might have caused anxiety within Jairus.  But you know how that incident ended, Jairus’s daughter was raised to life from dead. Be convinced and be confident that once Jesus leads and handholds you, delay is not delay but it is His time. Remember Ecclesiastes 3:11 “ He makes all things beautiful in His time”

 

Back to our subject, Jesus asked the blind man if he could see anything, He had received partial sight and responded that he could see men walking like trees.(Mark 8:23) interpreting that you may not see your breakthrough instantly but you will see it happening gradually. Jesus then touched the blind man. His eyes opened and his sight was completely restored and his vision was clear.  Jesus commanded him not to return to Bethsaida but to go to his home. This instruction from the Lord is a warning to us to not revert back to unbelief, unfaithfulness and unrepentant phase of life like the people of Bethsaida, which would lead to spiritual destruction. Stay away from people who will pull you down from faith. It is better to have fellowship with believers who build your faith and edify you spiritually. Remember to thank God, Jer30:19 ‘Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small’.  This verse reminds us of God’s expectation to remain thankful and be persistent in prayers with unwavering faith and He will restore and multiply His blessings in our life. Thank God for the little we have now and God shall multiply it for you!

 

Believe that one touch of Jesus transmits power into your impaired situation. In your weakness, Jesus holds you, granting you the ability to find strength. He will lead you into the green pasture, He goes ahead of you, He is your Shepherd. As promised in Isaiah 40:31 those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength and will mount up with wings like eagles.

 

Jesus never fails.