by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Free Agency of Christ
Charles H. Spurgeon

And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly (Mark 8:22-25).

There is a very wonderful variety in the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the variety is apparent even in the way in which men come to Him to partake of His blessing. With regard to the blind men to whom our Lord gave sight, we read of some that they were brought to Christ by their friends, as in the case of this man at Bethsaida, who was almost passive all the way through. His friends appear to have had more faith than he himself had; therefore, they brought him to Jesus. There were other cases in which the blind men cried to Christ, and, as far as they could, came to Him of themselves. Some of them even came to Him in the teeth of stern opposition; for, when the disciples upbraided one of them for crying out so loudly, he cried out the more a great deal, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on me." So that, you see, some were brought to Christ by their friends, and others came to Him in spite of much opposition. Then there is that notable case, which many of you must remember, of that remarkable blind man, who had been blind from his birth, to whom Jesus came uninvited. Jesus saw him, and anointed his eyes with the clay which He had made, and then bade him go and wash in the pool of Siloam. "He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." Thus, from the very commencement of our Savior's earthly ministry, there were differences in the way in which one class of characters, the blind, came to Jesus Christ.

There Are Great Differences in the Way in Which People Com ...

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