Presentation on theme: "The Miracles of Jesus Lesson 16: Healing the Blind Matt. 9:27-31; 20:29-34; Mark 8:22-26; 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-44."— Presentation transcript:
The Miracles of Jesus Lesson 16: Healing the Blind Matt. 9:27-31; 20:29-34; Mark 8:22-26; 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-44
Preliminary Considerations: The significance of healing the blind Jesus is the first in the Bible record to heal the blind. Although blindness has many causes, no case was too difficult for Jesus. (John 9:1; Matthew 12:22) Healing blindness was a sure sign that Jesus was the Christ of prophecy. (Isaiah 35:5-6; Luke 7:22-23)
Healing Two Blind Men In Capernaum Matthew 9:27-31 Just after Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter, two blind men request “mercy” from “the Son of David.” (cf. 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Luke 1:32) Their faith in Christ relied on the testimony of others, as does ours (Mt. 9:26; cf. John 20:29) Their faith enabled them to receive God’s blessing of sight – their eyes were opened. (Mt. 9:28-29) Jesus warned them saying “See that no one knows it,” but they “spread the news.” (Mt. 9:30-31)
Healing The Blind Man Near Bethsaida Mark 8:22-26 Bethsaida was a fishing village on the north shore of Galilee. It was the home of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44). Bethsaida means “House of the Fisherman” and a fisherman’s house has been excavated there.
Healing The Blind Man Near Bethsaida Mark 8:22-26 A blind man was brought to Jesus with the request that Jesus “touch him” Jesus took the blind man’s hand and led him out of town. Jesus put spit on the blind man’s eyes The blind man said that he saw “men like trees, walking.” Jesus touched his eyes again The man saw everyone clearly Jesus instructed him not tell anyone in town.
Healing Two Blind Beggars in Jericho Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-44 Near Jericho, two blind men implore Jesus, “Lord have mercy on us, Son of David.” One of the men was named Bartimaeus (Mk. 10:46) The crowd attempted to silence their pleas, but the blind men cried out even more. Jesus stopped, and commanded the men to be called to Him. He asked “What do you want Me to do for you?” The men requested that they receive their sight. They received sight immediately, followed Jesus, and began “glorifying God.”
Lessons for Us from Jesus Healing the Blind Jesus confirmed His identity as the Messiah and the Son of David by these miracles. We should persistently seek help from Jesus to solve our unsolvable problems (Matthew 7:7-8; 11:28), especially spiritual blindness (Revelation 3:17-18). Faith grows as we allow Jesus to lead us. Receiving help from Christ should motivate us to follow Him and glorify God (Matthew 20:34; Luke 18:43 )