I admit, it really is a strange reading this week. Jesus spits on a man’s eyes and touches them and the man is able to see – sort of. So, Jesus touches the man’s eyes again and he is able to see clearly and fully. What’s the deal with this two-step miracle? My first answer is – I have no idea! But what seems to be “clear” is that Jesus is not satisfied with the man’s sight being only partly restored. Jesus, the Christ, as Peter declares later in the reading, does not do things half way. He is the Savior of the world who lived a perfect live, died for the sins of all, and rose from the dead to conquer sin, death, and the devil. I may not get the spitting on eyes and the people looking like trees part of the miracle, but what I do know is that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus paid the full price for my redemption. Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way!
Group Discussion Question:
• Read Mark 8:22-30 & 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
• What ideas jumped out to you from the readings, sermon, or devotion this week?
• There is a lot of spitting, touching, and healing of senses the last few weeks. What role do our senses play in our faith life?
• Sometimes we don’t understand things we read in Scripture. How do we as believers deal with this when it happens?
• The man at first did not see things clearly. What are some things in life that blur our view of Jesus as Lord?
• What encouragement can we find in the fact that Jesus was not satisfied with the man being only partly healed?
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