One Thing I Do Know

Mark 10: 46-52 recounts one of Jesus’ miracles—the time when He healed a blind man named Bartimaeus: Bartimaeus was sitting beside the road upon which Jesus and a great multitude were passing by. He began to shout loudly for Jesus to have mercy on him, until Jesus stopped and had him brought to Him. When asked what he wanted Jesus to do for him, Bartimaeus said he wanted to regain his sight. Without any great fanfare, Jesus simply said, “Go your way, your faith has made you well” (Mark 10:52). Immediately, Bartimaeus regained his sight and began following Jesus.

Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”

There is another account recorded in John 9, when Jesus healed a blind man who was sitting by the road. Jesus decided to heal the blind man and said, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (v. 5). Then He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle, and applied it to the blind man’s eyes; after which, He sent the man to wash in the pool of Siloam. The man returned no longer blind after washing in the pool; but, as one might expect, the Pharisees began relentlessly questioning the man and even his parents, in order to discredit the miracle. They resorted to calling Jesus a sinner, to which the healed man vehemently answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see (v. 25).

I have wondered about the fact that Jesus would employ such a puzzling tactic to heal the blind man. After all, He had healed Bartimaeus and confirmed the miracle with only a few words. Jesus always acted by the Spirit with purpose; why did He elect to use mud in this case?

In tomorrow’s post, I will convey my thoughts—my speculation—about Jesus’ reason(s) for using such a unique means to heal this man who was blind from birth.