March 3, 2018: How Many Miracles Can You Count?

Mark 10:49-52 (NIV)
49  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
50  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51  “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52  “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

 

I cannot help but wonder what the scene must have looked like that day.  The blind man heard the disciples say, “Cheer up! On your feet!  He’s calling you!”

How can a blind man run to Jesus without looking foolish?  How does he make his way without stumbling over every obstacle?  How foolish must have the command sounded to those who were there that day.  How often have you told a blind man to get up and run to Jesus?  No evidence that anyone helped him when he got up and ran to Jesus.  How many of us miss the first miracle in this passage?

What do you mean pastor?  The first miracle, I thought there was only one miracle, the healing of the blind man.  How many miracles do you see?

Glad you asked.  Let’s consider for a moment how many miracles there are in this passage.  The first miracle– Jesus stopped and heard the blind man.  He was not too busy to pass by without listening to his cry.  Think of it, the creator of the universe actually entered into history and stopped by the roadside to hear a man who could not see.  Doesn’t God have more important things to do than stop to heal some lowly blind man?  Yes, this is the first miracle but, alas, it is not the only one.

The second miracle is that Jesus stopped and actually called him.  Talk about feeling important, not only did God stop and listen to this blind man he actually engaged him in conversation.  O but the conversation was not just mere chit-chat, it was a conversation that meant something.  God talking with his creature in ways that the blind man could understand.  The conversation was intelligent and meaningful.  We are investing hundreds of millions of our tax dollars trying to find a sign of intelligent life from outside our solar system.  Well, we can stop all the tax and spend investigation we already have the answer.  The most intelligent of all has condescended and come to earth and he has spoken clearly so that even a blind man could hear and run to him without stumbling.

But wait there is more.   Not only does God engage the blind man in meaningful conversation he actually initiates a call that causes the blind man to jump up and run to him.  His calling was not without effect. The word that goes out of his mouth always accomplishes what he intends.  Dear saint, when God speaks his word to you and you can hear his voice be assured of this, he desires to remove any obstacle in your way so that you can run to him, even when you cannot see the way clearly.

We are not finished yet.  The blind man runs to Jesus and he makes it all the way to him, he does not stop halfway, he actually finds himself face to face with Jesus and he hears these words, “What do you want me to do for you?”  Wait, wait  wait!  God asking a man what man wants God to do for him, something is amiss here.  I thought we were made to serve God, not the other way around.  “What do you want me to do for you?”  The text must have been corrupted before it made the final printing.

No, there is no corrupting of the text dear saint, this is the nature of our God.  He is among us as one who serves.  O what glorious condescension. Still, there is more.

The blind man says, “Rabbi I want to see!”

Does God care about a blind man enough to bring him sight?  You betcha. (Sorry, just using a word my mother would have used if I had asked her that question).

Surely we have covered all the miracles in this passage by now.  Not on your life, there is still more. Jesus actually responded to the blind man’s request for sight by healing him so he could see, really see.  There so many who are around Jesus and can see him with their own eyes but they never follow him, but when Jesus healed this man he not only began to see but he saw with completely new eyes and he knew who Jesus was from that moment on.

Now for the greatest miracle in my book from this passage, Jesus actually allowed the blind man to become part of his disciple band and took him into fellowship.  Now that my friend is what I consider the greatest miracle of all, God not only healing a blind man but actually giving him the pleasure of being part of his team of disciples.

I am sure there are miracles in this passage that have gone unnoticed by this author but I hope I have given you enough reason from this text to lay aside whatever burdens you and get up on your feet and run to Jesus.  Perhaps he will ask you, “What do you want me to do for you?”  What is it you most need from him? Be afraid no longer, go ahead and ask him with great assurance that he is listening and longing to respond to whatever great need you have.

I for one will ask what the blind man asked, “Rabbi I want to see!”  O to see him, that would be more than enough for these eyes and this life for any day.

Rabbi, I want to See you,

 

Pastor Phil

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