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
This is a remarkable and somewhat mysterious story. There are many questions as one closely considers the text. It is very tempting to address some of those questions, but I want to focus your attention on something very specific about this story. Jesus touched this blind man twice.
Consider the first touch. 1) It was unusual. Jesus spit on his eyes then touched him. 2) It was effective. The blind man could see men as trees. Though blurred, he had vision. Before there was nothing, now there was something. There had been a definite, Divine work. 3) It was incomplete. He could function better than he had been but he was not fully functional. Something more was needed. Something more was desired.
I find myself wondering about this man’s inward response to the Lord’s initial touch. How did he feel about what the Lord had done for him? It is likely that he was thankful, but could it be that he was also a bit reserved and a little uncertain? I suppose that there is really no way that we can know for sure how this partially healed man was feeling.
We can, however, put ourselves in his place. If I were him, I would be tempted to come to a wrong conclusion about Christ’s ability. He made things better for me, but He can’t change things completely for me.
Of course, this wrong conclusion is rooted in unbelief (we know we shouldn’t make it), but sometimes we make it anyway when God is working in a process that we can’t understand.
Before you reach a verdict, before you decide that He’s done, before you adjust to blurred vision, consider the second touch! Jesus touched this man twice.
Jesus can touch you. . . .again. Perhaps, the Lord has been active in your life before. Things are better than they were, but they are not great. You know you need something else. You want something else.
Hold steady. Reserve judgment. The second touch is coming!
Anticipating the Second Touch,