How Jesus Healed

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:22-26

He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. (v. 23)

These verses remind me of the words of an old hymn: “What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus! What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Lord!” The blind man in Mark 8 must have had similar thoughts. Why? Because of several things we see in these verses about Jesus.

First, the considerate nature of Jesus: he doesn’t want to make a scene or embarrass the man, so we see him taking him by the hand and leading him outside of the village. Having been blind, the man could have been completely bewildered. So gently Jesus takes the man to a quiet place and speaks to him one on one. But there is also more here. The healing isn’t immediate, but Jesus stays with the man and doesn’t leave him until things are made right. We can also rest assured that God will never leave us until his work of salvation is complete in our lives.

Finally, Jesus sends the man home. Why would this be? Again, could it be his thoughtfulness, his considerateness for the man? It would take some time for the man to readjust. The time to share his miracle with the world would come, but for now, Jesus was saying, “Just go home and get reacquainted with your family. Start there and share your good news first with them.” —John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you for loving us and caring so tenderly for us. Help us to do the same. Amen.