Series: The Gospel of Mark
Sermon: Healing from Spiritual Myopia
Bible Passage: Mark 8:22-26
1. Two incidents happened at the same location (Decapolis and Bethsaida)
a.Healing of the deaf man (7:31-37)
b. Two stage healing of the blind man (8:22-26)
2.Both incidents have many similarities
II. In the first section, Mark highlights the disciples’ perception of Jesus:
1. Mark 4:13: Don’t understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
2. Mark 4:41: They were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
3. Mark 6:37: Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
4. Mark 6:52: They did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened
5. Mark 6: 49-50: When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.
6. Mark 7:17: He said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him?
7. Mark 8:4: And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?”
8. Mark 8:17: Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
9. Mark 8:18: “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?”
10. Mark 8:21: “Do you still not understand?”
III. Mark seems to answer the question “Who is this man [Jesus]?” (cf. 4:41) from various sources
1. John the Baptist (cf. 1:7-8)
2. The Father at the baptism (cf. 1:11)
3. From the mouth of the demon
4. (Only Jesus’ disciples don’t seem to get it)
IV. Healing of the blind man is an enacted parable to illustrate the spiritual status of the disciples (cf. 8:22-26)
1. After the first touch with spit, he was able to see but not very clearly
2. Jesus touched his eyes again and then he was able to see clearly
3. Jesus instructs him “Don’t even go into the village”
4. Jesus’ disciples were like the blind man—even us!
V. Following this miracle incident, on the way to Caesarea Philippi Jesus asks his disciples “who do you think I am?” (verses 27-29)
1. Peter confesses “You are the Messiah”
2. Peter seems to have gained his sight
3. Interestingly, just as Jesus instructed the blind man, Jesus warns them not to tell anyone about His identity (verse 30)—Why?
4. While Jesus acknowledges Peter’s confession, He explains what kind of Messiah He is
5. Now, Peter began to rebuke Jesus (verse 32)
6. Here, Peter resembles the blind man from Bethsaida (myopic)—He sees but not clearly
a. Jesus did not fit in his idea of the Messiah
b. Peter had his own idea of who Jesus should be
7. Jesus responds to Peter’s rebuke sternly: “Get behind me, Satan!” “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (verse 33)
8. Jesus’ rebuke of Peter answers the question why Jesus instructed them not to tell about His identity
a. They had an incorrect picture of Jesus—They did not have a picture of Jesus’ finished work
b. Without a clearer picture of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, they would not be able to bear a complete witness of Jesus
VI. After confirming his identity, Jesus lays down the cost of following Him (verses 34-38)
1. If they still want to follow Him, they need to deny themselves and be prepared to carry their own cross
2. Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it
3. They must not be ashamed of Jesus in front of people
4. Following Jesus is a costly one
1. Pray for healing from spiritual myopia
2. Count the cost of your discipleship