by J. Gerald Harris

A Second Touch
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Mark 8:22-27

In our text, we have the rather remarkable story of the healing of a man who was blind. The Bible gives us the record of six different blind people to whom Jesus gave sight.

Dr. Vance Havner noted that there was an occasion when Jesus touched a man one time, and immediately he received his sight. As we see in our text, Jesus touched this man in Bethsaida a second time before he fully received his sight. On another occasion Jesus made mud out of his spittle and put the mud on a blind man's eyes, whereupon his sight was restored.

Dr. Havner said that if that were to happen today, three different churches would emerge from each one of those three miracles. There would be the "one touch church," the "two touch church," and the "mud in the eye" church.

Of course, we know that when Jesus Christ came, He said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind..." (Luke 4:18).

Now, there is something very interesting in this text that I want you to notice. In verse 22 we read that Jesus came into the city of Bethsaida, and there were some people who came to him bringing a man who was blind. They begged Jesus to touch this man and heal him.

Notice in verse 23 what Jesus did. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. The healing of this man took place outside the city of Bethsaida. Then I want you to notice what Jesus told this man in verse 26: "Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town."

Now, why would Jesus not perform a miracle in Bethsaida? Why would Jesus tell this man not to tell anybody in Bethsaida what had happened to him?

You see, some time earlier in His ministry, Jesus had pronounced a curse on Bethsaida. Look in Matthew 11:20 (read verses 20-22). You see, Jesus pronounced a curse upon ...

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