Through Heaven’s Eyes

This week’s Sabbath School lesson is entitled Seeing People Through Jesus’ Eyes and it highlighted a story found in Mark 8:22-26.

Of all the healing ministries of Jesus, this is the only instance when he healed a person with a second touch. The healing took place in two stages. But before we jump into the interpretation of that, I’d like to point out first how this blind man came to know Jesus.

We read from verse 22 that some people brought him to Jesus. This some people refer to his friends. The blind man may not have had faith that Jesus can heal him but his friends did. We also read that after they brought him, they also begged Jesus to heal him. To quote from the Sabbath School study guide, “Many people will never come to Jesus unless someone who has faith brings them”.

Looking back in my personal spiritual journey, I admit how blinded I was. Even until now there were times that my spiritual vision is blurred by superficial things of this world. But I cannot thank God enough for giving me friends who continually bring me back to Him, and beg Him in my behalf to restore my 20/20 spiritual vision.

FIRST STAGE OF HEALING. Jesus had spit on the blind man’s eyes and laid his hands on him. If I was in that scene watching Jesus perform the healing, I would expect that after the laying of hands the man’s vision will now totally return. But the accounts of Mark tell us that when Jesus asked him if he can see anything, he replied, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking”.

SECOND STAGE OF HEALING. Then Jesus laid his hands on the man’s eyes again. This is the second touch. The man opened his eyes and there he can see very clearly with 20/20 vision.

Why is it that Jesus did not perform the miracle with only just one touch? Why does he have to heal the man gradually?

It was for this reason: light can be both illuminating and blinding. The man has been living in the dark for a very long time. If Jesus restored his vision completely immediately, his eyes won’t be able to adapt to the light. The massive glow of light can be more destructive than restorative. And so the light must be introduced to him gradually.

Just imagine yourself being in a dark room and suddenly the lights went on. It takes some time before your eyes could adapt to the brightness, right? And sudden flickers of bright light can cause more damage as it irritates our lenses.

By performing the healing in two stages, Jesus pointed out how we, as his representatives, must present the truth to those who are bound by darkness. The truth must be presented to them gradually. In such way, they will become illuminated with the Word of God until they fully adapt to walk into its full brightness.

Another important thing that Jesus wants to point out in this miracle is that there were needy people all around us who would be open to the gospel if their physical needs were met first. That is why as Seventh-day Adventists, we firmly believe how the Medical Ministry is the right hand of the gospel.

Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus looked at everyone not as who they were but as who they might have become. He looks at everyone with eyes of divine compassion.

“When Christ heals our spiritual blindness, we see others as Christ sees them in the full light of His love.”

As sinful human beings, we are often blinded by the follies of this world. Most of the time we look at people like trees walking. We fail to visualize their value as precious beings for whom Jesus died for. But after we experience the healing touch of Jesus, He restores our 20/20 vision and we then learn to look at each one of His children through heaven’s eyes.

The blind man’s friends saw him with eyes of divine compassion. That’s what prompted them to bring him to Jesus. And when this blind man was healed, he himself looked at others with the same eyes of compassion.

This story reminds me of a song called Looking Through His Eyes. There’s a line that goes, For if once I could see this world the way You see then I know I’d serve you more faithfully.

How are we seeing the world?

Let me see this world, dear Lord,
As though I were looking through Your eyes.
A world of men who don’t want You Lord,
But a world for which You died.
Let me kneel with You in the garden,
Blur my eyes with tears of agony;
For if once I could see this world the way You see,
I just know I’d serve You more faithfully.

Let me see this world, dear Lord,
Through Your eyes when men mock Your Holy Name.
When they beat You and spat upon You, Lord,
Let me love them as You loved them just the same.
Let me stand high above my petty problems,
And grieve for men, hell bound eternally;
For if once I could see this world the way You see,
I just know I’d serve You more faithfully.

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