WELCOME TO DECEMBER
We will be considering a core message of hope and restoration in a two parts series within the next two weeks, titled “The Second Touch”
“They came to Bethsaida, and 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 hand 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. Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Don’t go into the village.‘”
Of all miracles our Saviour performed, some are very dramatic with hidden truth and revelation, such is the case of the man written in this passage. Let’s begin with some basic lessons from this story of 5 verses.
- He was described by his problem: The bible never gave us a background of this man, all we know about him was “a blind man”. We didn’t even know how long he has been in this situation, or where he was from- all we know is that he is blind. This is the case with many of us and bible is replete with such instances where men are described by their problem, such as the widow of Zarephath, the blind Bartimaues etc.
Our problem stares people in the face and that is the first thing they see when they see us, such as he has no job, she is 40 and not married, she is married for 10 years but barren etc. All hope is not lost because Jesus is alive even today to re-write our negative testimonies.
- He was brought to Jesus by “people”: Another important part of this story is that it was some people that led him to the Saviour. We didn’t know who they are, but what we know is that these are surely the right people, friends who want him well and are ready to connect him with the right people. There is so much to benefit when a man has the right people around. People who can believe in you, your career, your marriage; and not people who only shows you it can’t be done, people who will only remind you of your past when you share your future plans with them. It is important to have the right people around you. It is good to have faith and pray, but relationship we keep can also help our journey to recovery to be faster, that was what helped this man.
- He took him away out of the City: Then, notice how Christ took him away from the gaze of the crowd, away from the village and dealt with him privately. Our Saviour wasn’t looking for cheap popularity. Also taking him out of the city before healing him denotes taking him out of the wrong place. It is true that God can bless any man, but when such blessing meets you in the wrong place, then you will lose it. Such is also with many Christians, we want the blessings of God while remaining in sin, but these won’t yield our desired result. That is why we are challenged in (2 Cor 6:17): Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
- He spit to heal him: Then we are told that the Lord Jesus spit on the man’s eyes and laid his hands on him. The things that initially disgust us can be life and light to us. Truths we once despised can be used of the God to transform us. God’s process is never meant to be logical, he use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, using spit and mud to heal can’t be explained by any Scientist, so also was the illogicality as confessed by Naaman who almost lost his most precious miracle because it does not make sense. When God wants to restore or bless you, he won’t do it in your way, but his way. Also, in no matter situation we are, God is not afraid to associate with us when we call on him. He is always willing to help us when we call on him.
- Gave him the right advice to seal up his testimony: “Don’t go back to the city”. This to me means, “Now you are healed, don’t go back to sin”. Don’t forget that the healing process began by taking him out of the city. When Christ restores you, it is important to remain in him, never to go back into the sin he brought you from. Don’t go back to the wrong association, the wrong family, the wrong work-place. This was also seen in the life of Abraham, when God had to take him out of his family before he blessed him. Don’t forget what it takes to retain and sustain God’s blessing (i.e Obedience to his instruction) is more important that what you do to get it in the first place.
Watch out for the concluding part next week Tuesday, and with some prayer points that will usher you into full restoration of all God has in stock for you in 2020. GOD BLESS YOU