In today’s reading, Jesus opened the eyes of a blind man amongst others who needed deliverance. The man begged to be touched by Jesus to receive his sight. Jesus spit on the man’s eyes and touched him. The man’s vision was cleared after the second touch.
Jesus was speaking to his disciples asking them how people perceived him. The disciples offered some insights on people’s perception of him as john the Baptist, Elijah and one of the other prophets. Peter however spoke by revelation that He was the messiah.
Jesus further taught His disciples about the impeding pain, rejection and death he must suffer at the hands of the chief priests and teachers of the law. A passionate peter rebuked him but Jesus in turn rebuked Satan in Peter.
Jesus later speaking stressed the need for anyone willing to follow him to deny himself and follow him completely without being ashamed so that he also won’t be ashamed of them.
We need to trust the Lord for our complete healing even if it seems it didn’t work the first time. He who began a good work in us is able to complete it. It is crucial for us to have a personal revelation of who Christ is against what people around us feel or say. The word of God has to continue its growth in us so that we don’t faint or lose heart when challenges occur. We must ensure nothing shake our faith in Christ.
I believe and trust the Lord to complete His perfect work in my life in Jesus name.
Reading – Mark 8:22-38
Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida
22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 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?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 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. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a] the village.”
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus Predicts His Death
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
The Way of the Cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
- Mark 8:26 Some manuscripts go and tell anyone in
- Mark 8:35 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verses 36 and 37.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.