Spiritual blindness is a universal problem…a universal human condition. Every human being born into this world, since the first man’s sin in the Garden, has been born with complete spiritual blindness. Totally lost, totally depraved, and totally blind to it.
Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost, those blinded in spiritual darkness. Jesus the Servant, Savior, came as the Light of the World! Seven hundred years before He came, Isaiah prophesied that Christ would come, “To open blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house” (Isa. 42:7).
It is amazing to consider that the Almighty, Holy God, the Creator of the universe, took upon Him flesh, human flesh, and became a servant…coming into this world and walking among men…performing the supernatural…raising the dead, healing the sick, the lame, the deaf, the blind; commanding authority over wind and waves ….AND YET, MOST COULD NOT SEE HIM FOR WHO HE REALLY IS…they saw Jesus, but they could not see Him clearly.
Even the PHARISEES, the religious elite, witnessed His life, His ministry, His miracles…yet were blind to Who Jesus is. They thought Him to be a trickster or in league with the devil, mostly, a threat to their power over the people. Jesus didn’t play by their rules, their religion. He didn’t live by the oral traditions of the Rabbis. And so, they rejected Him. They refused to believe…even with all the evidence right before their eyes. THEY SAW…BUT THEY COULD NOT SEE.
It wasn’t only the Pharisees who were blind…the multitudes were blind too. We find more evidence of that in today’s text.
The DISCIPLES TOO were blind in their understanding. As we saw in the previous text, they were focusing on the external, rather than the spiritual. They had eyes, but could not see. Last week’s text ended with Jesus asking His disciples, “How is it that ye do not understand?”
In today’s text, Jesus does as He had done before after teaching the disciples something….He goes out and gives them an illustration of what He has just taught them…to help them understand.
Jesus has been trying to teach the disciples that He is the Messiah…God in flesh…but they were failing to get the message….they were not seeing Jesus clearly! In spite of seeing Him do the amazing and the impossible over and over again, they just don’t get it! They were still clueless as to Christ’s true identity….THEY WERE MISSING THE OBVIOUS.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were camping. They pitched their tent and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, Holmes wakes Watson. “Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce.” Watson says, “I see millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life out there.” Holmes replies, “Watson, you idiot, somebody stole our tent!”
It is the last year of Christ’s public ministry. He’s headed to the cross, and has been seeking more opportunities to prepare His men for what is ahead. He’s just fed the 4,000, but is still battling the external salvation by human achievement religious leaders. It is the last lap of the race, and coming down to the wire His men need to know who Christ is. Their spiritual vision is essential to their future labors. They can no longer walk around like trees, acting spiritually dead, even though physically alive. And they can no longer act blind, but must see reality.
THE DISCIPLES WERE MISSING THE OBVIOUS…SO THE LORD MAKES IT OBVIOUS.
Jesus wants people to see Him clearly!
Is your spiritual sight as clear as it should be?
Do you see Jesus in clear focus?
Do you know Who He is and understand what He is doing in your life…and what He wants to do in your life?
In our text, we are going to see how that God is able to take someone who cannot understand spiritual truth, and work with them patiently, step by step, to bring them to the place of full comprehension.
Seeing Jesus Clearly | Mark 8:22-30
I. The ________________________: A Blind Man (22-26)
A. A ___________________________ Plea (22)
1. Their ________________ Demonstrated (“bring….besought him”)
2. Their ________________ Display (“touch him”)
B. A ____________________________ Savior (23)
1. Compassionate __________________ (“took the blind man by the hand”)
2. Compassionate __________________ (“led him…spit…put his hands on him”)
C. A ____________________________ Process (23)
1. A person is not always __________ to Christ immediately.
2. A person is never ______________ in Christ immediately.
II. The _______________________: A Bewildered Multitude (27-28)
A. The Master’s _______________________ (“Whom do men say that I am?”)
B. The Multitude’s _____________________ (“some say…and others….”)
1. A _______________________ Man: John the Baptist
2. A _______________________ Man: Elijah
3. A _______________________ Man: A Prophet
III. The ______________________: A Believing Man (29-30)
A. The Lord’s _______________________ (“But whom say ye that I am?”)
1. A Pointed Inquiry: ____________________
2. A Purposed Inquiry: ___________________
B. The Disciples’ _________________________ (“Thou art the Christ”)
1. The ___________________ of the Disciples’ Illumination
2. The ___________________ of the Disciples’ Illlumination (Matt. 16:17)