Mk.8:22,23 – And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?”
This is one of the beautiful miracles of Jesus displayed in the gospel of Mark. I love the taste of Mark’s eyewitness account. It had been many years since the miracle had taken place but the scene was like a snapshot recorded in Mark’s memory. He still remembered when Jesus gently took this man by the hand and led him out of town. That’s it, that’s exactly what all of us need. That personal encounter with Jesus where He takes each of us by the hand and leads us out of town. It’s those blasted past relationships, the village we used to live in, that started all of our problems. Before this man could receive his miracle he had to get out of the spell the world had him ensnared in. Let’s go with Jesus outside the camp, that is the place where surely we too shall receive our miracle. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this passage.
“Here is Christ leading this blind man. He did not bid his friends lead him, but (which bespeaks his wonderful condescension) he himself took him by the hand, and led him, to teach us to be as Job was, eyes to the blind. Never had poor blind man such a Leader. He led him out of the town. Had he herein only designed privacy, he might have led him into a house, into an inner chamber, and have cured him there; but he intended hereby to upbraid Bethsaida with the mighty works that had in vain been done in her, and was telling her, in effect, she was unworthy to have any more done within her walls. Perhaps Christ took the blind man out of the town, that he might have a larger prospect in the open fields, to try his sight with, than he could have in the close streets.”
You see, as long as you stay in the village its hard to see anything. Only when Jesus got the blind man out of town and received the touch of the Lord did his sight begin to return. You too can begin to see again, just take Jesus by the hand and go with Him outside of town. Something beautiful will happen to you there.