Jubilee Weekly July 18, 2017

“Bringing People to Christ”

Mark 8:22-26

I have been blessed in many ways over the years, but none compare to the privilege of introducing someone to Christ. I love this passage we are going to look at today.

In verse 22, we read, “And He (Christ) cometh to Bethsaida and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him.” Bethsaida means “house of the fish”. This town was located on the east bank of the Jordan River. Jesus accomplished some of His greatest miracles at Bethsaida. The feeding of the 5,000 took place near there. Our LORD went to this region when He learned of the murder of John the Baptist, by Herod. Now He is back in this area and of course the people want to see another miracle.

In verse 23, we read, “And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the city; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, he asked him, if he saw ought.”

It is significant that Jesus took this blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. Bethsaida was plagued by chronic unbelief and Jesus had already warned them of coming judgment. In Matthew 11:20-24, “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles had been performed because they did not repent. Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you. And you Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

 Wow – talk about straight and strong talk! Jesus was not about to perform another miracle in the midst of Bethsaida, so He took the man outside of the town.

 Christ’s method of dealing with the man’s blindness is unusual as well. “And when He had spit on his eyes.” A close look at the miracles our LORD performed shows us that He didn’t always respond to people’s needs the same way. In verse 23, Jesus asked the man, “Do you see anything?” The man answered, “I see people; they look like trees walking about.” (vs. 24)

Things were better but the man obviously could not see clearly. So, Jesus touched the man’s eyes again and made Him look up and now he could see “every man clearly.” (vs. 25)

 When he met Jesus, the man was totally blind. Now he could totally see. Before we come to Christ, we are blind spiritually but when we accept Him, we are able to clearly see. Praise God for that!

Let me wrap up this study as follows:

1. Some friends brought the blind man to Christ. They cared about him. Do you have anyone you care about who is spiritually blind? Are you willing to bring that person to Christ?

2. They obviously believed God was able to heal.

• Do you believe your friend needs Jesus?

• Do you believe that Jesus is able to save your friend or loved one?

• Do you want your friend or loved one to be able to fully see spiritually?

 

3. We must act on our convictions and look for ways to bring our loved ones to Christ.

I love the way Mark records what happened to the man the 2nd time Jesus touched him. In verse 25, we read, “he saw distinctly, he was cured and (he) could see everything clearly.”

Can you picture an unsaved friend or family member touched by Christ spiritually, and being able to “see distinctly, be cured of his/her spiritual blindness, and able to see everything clearly”?

Bring them with you to our Fellowship and we will do our best to bring them to Christ.

Let’s bring them in — Pastor Leonard