It’s so interesting that Jesus asks the man, “Do you see anything?” Jesus is God. He knew that the man’s sight was not entirely restored. I wonder if it was a test. I wonder if he asked the man if he saw anything to test the man’s faith, to see if the man believed that Jesus could and would heal him.
He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” (Mark 8:24)
The man had seen before. He knew what people and trees looked like, what they were supposed to look like.
Maybe he thought restoration of sight was all Jesus could do. Maybe he only thought the gift of an encounter with Jesus was to be able to see like he used to be able to.
But shouldn’t an encounter with Jesus do so much more for us than simply restore what once was?
Jesus asked if the man saw anything, and ironically, the man missed what mattered most. He missed Jesus. He looked around at people walking, people uninvested in his life, uninvested in the miracle as they went about their business. The man looked and saw them instead of looking into the face of the Son of God, right in front of him.
But the man stayed by Jesus. And Jesus stayed by the man. Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes once more, and “then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” (Mark 8:25).
Surely, this time, the man must have seen Jesus, must have looked into the eyes of his Savior that second time. He must have seen Jesus, and he must have seen Jesus seeing him. And then everything else would have been clear.
What is it for you?
Jesus is so near, so personal to care to ask, “Do you see anything?”
Do you see him working anywhere? Do you see even a partial miracle?
Do you see him?
Because the heart of the gospel is that Jesus sees you. He sees you in need of healing, he sees you in need of a miracle. And though it cost him everything, he made a way. He came to your rescue.
Lost in sin, unable to tip the scale so the good outweighs the bad, every single one of us is in need of a Savior. We need someone to step in for us – someone to accomplish all the good things we fail to achieve, and someone to take the burden of the punishment we deserve. We need someone to grant us access to the Father, to make us right before God.
And Jesus did.
But it becomes personal to us when we let Him take us by the hand and away from the crowd, away from the chaos of this life. It becomes personal when we have an encounter ourselves and see Him in our own lives. It becomes personal when we let him open our eyes.
Get alone with Jesus. Do you see anything?
If I need any reminders lately, it’s to keep my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. It’s to turn to him, to meditate on his character, to believe his words, to trust his love. I write this in nearly every post and could never stress enough – again and again, it is always about Jesus.
However long it takes us to see, however long we look around at our circumstances or the lives of others who seem to have it all together, however long we continue to mess things up and miss the point, Jesus is right there. He wants to give us sight, he wants to heal us, and he wants to satisfy us. He wants us to see him. And he wants us to see him seeing us. We just have to shift our gaze.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth with grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. – Hebrews 3:1
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. – Psalm 105:4
But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge – do not give me over to death. – Psalm 141:8
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. – Psalm 27:8
Read: Mark 8:22-25
Consider: What stands out to you from this passage?
Spend some time in prayer. Write out a response to Jesus’ question to you, “Do you see anything?”