Friday, February 03, 2006

Do you need more spit?


Not too long ago, a friend and I were talking about how we unfairly label people...especially at church. It really bothered me because I realized how absolutely correct we were in our assessment. When it comes to judging and labeling people, the church is guilty as charged. There's a cool story in the Bible that, I think, shows us how to respond to labeling others. *Warning* if you get squeamish about saliva, this isn't the read for you:

"…Some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly…"

- Mark 8:22-25

This is a familiar passage about how Jesus healed a blind man. But, let's delve into this story a little more...

Why do you think Jesus had to touch the blind man twice for his sight to be restored? I mean, couldn't Jesus get it right the first time?! To be honest, I don't think He actually needed to touch the man again. I think He chose to. I think that Jesus wanted to make a point with His second touch. I suspect that He was showing us that even if He spits in our eyes, it doesn’t mean that we will automatically have clear vision. Sometimes we need for Him to touch us over and over again to help us see clearly.

Let me ask you: Do you have blurred vision? When you look people, what do you see? The truth is: anytime we look at another human being as an object -- just like the blind man -- there’s a good chance that our vision is still blurred, even if Jesus has already spit in our eyes. The Church is full of people who have had their eyes spat in by Jesus, and yet their vision is still blurred; folks like you and me. Whenever we label people with terms like black/white; Democrat/Republican, Homo/Hetero, sinner/saint, rich/poor, etc., there’s a good chance that we're not seeing people clearly enough. What we need is for Jesus to touch us again for us to have our sight fully restored; that is, to see things as He does.

After that, Jesus asked the man what he saw. Jesus gave the man the opportunity to confess to Him that his vision wasn't complete. Everyday that we're alive, Jesus gives us the opportunity to tell Him that we don't see people as we should. He gives us the chance to tell Him that our vision is still blurred.

Jesus doesn’t see people as objects to be labeled, but rather as His creations to be loved. And if you think a person – any person – is above receiving Jesus’ love, then you might need more spit in your eyes. You may have to be touched again. If you find yourself spending more time condemning others behind your bully pulpit, than you spend your time elevating people in Christ, maybe you need a little more spit in your eyes. Then after Jesus works for you, tell Him what you see.

As Christians, I think that we should pray to see others as Jesus sees them; through the eyes of love.

- ACL

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joanne said...

Once again you've hit it on the head. Great way to break down scripture.

As usual, my thanks are in order! Keep 'em coming!

dana said...

Wow! What a great post! It reminds me that I have a serious vision problem! You've challenged me to pray that I will see others as Christ sees them.

Thank you for this incredible revelation!

Tarron said...

Have you ever felt like somebody pulled your pants down in front of everybody?!

Well, you just did.

Good stuff, man!

Anonymous said...

Dear bretheran,

If ye really want to know the true scientific answer to this,
Ye need to watch the movie, "AT FIRST SIGHT(1999)Val Kilmer&Mira Sovino

Ye will know exactly why Jesus did what He did and why Holy Spirit recorded this 2 steps process.

Ye will be blown away as I have been revealed by the Spirit.

For His Glory,

Your brother in Christ

ps. I would like to hear what others have to say about it...

Andre said...

Anonymous,

For starters, I welcome you to comment freely and without fear of leaving an identity. None of this goes any further than this website.

Secondly, just in case I never see the movie, I'm curious to know what's been revealed to you. I'm always looking for more insight; and I think that God has an uncanny way of revealing things to us through others.

In Christ,

Andre

Bronson said...

I'm sure it will be much more exciting for you to see the movie and let the movie help you see the truth but since you are asking me so nicely, I will spill it out.

I still remember the time when I was watching the movie with my youth group kids at our house.

When it hit me so hard that I was jumping for joy to have this long unanswered question in my mind finally unfold.

You see, no one could have understood what actually happened there that day when Jesus opened the blind man's eye. Not even the people who were there. And that's because they couldn't fathom what the result of blind man from birth to have his eyesight back until modern day. With today's medical technology, doctors can give sight to a blind person. But as the movie shows that just opening a blind man's eye does not do much good because he might have got his eyesight restored, but he is still a blind man in his mind. That's because what he saw and what he understood were totally different thing. Like the doctor in the movie said, "We can give a sight to a blind man but we can NOT give him an understanding of what he sees. He has to re-learn everything all over again."

Since Bible is true Word of God and it is a recording of what actually happened at that time, it tells us that Jesus wanted us to know that he did not just opened the blind man's eye but he went further to restore his mind, restoring his missing information about what he saw so he understood what he was seeing.

So that if he saw a man he will know that he was looking at the man and not a tree-like man. Bible tells us that he had no understanding of what he saw when Jesus first opened his eye.

Therefore, when Jesus first touch the man's eye, He literaly restored his physical eyesight. Then, He touched again to match his understanding to what he was seeing. This shows that Jesus has completely heal the blind man. Not just a half blind man who can't do much with just physical eyesight because he can't make any sense out of it.

Holy Spirit recorded this event by Apostle Mark so that we may know that Jesus is true God who gives complete healing. And He didn't just performed a medial procedure.

If Jesus only opened his physical eyesight, He actually might have done more harm than good by creating chaos in his mind.

But because of this Bible passage we understand that Jesus have given him a complete restoration including his mind.

Like our salvation, Jesus gives us a complete restoration with God when He comes into our heart. When we are broken and come to Him He gives us perfect healing that no one else can't give.

Praise Jesus for He is Good and Mighty God.

For His Glory,

Bronson Yi