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Author: Kent Berghuis
With Eyes Wide Open Mark 8:22-9:1 Main idea: We must open our eyes to the person and plan of Jesus. I. Jesus came to open our eyes (22-26). A. The healing of the blind man is linked to the healing of the deaf and mute man. --Jesus returns to Jewish towns after his Gentile excursions of ch. 7. --Jesus heals the blind man by using the sense of touch and by spitting, which recalls 7:33. --Between these miracles was the key teaching of 8:18, eyes and ears that fail to "see and hear." The Point: The opening of physically handicapped eyes and ears was symbolic for faith. B. The healing of the blind man is linked with Jesus teaching his disciples. --Jesus heals the man in stages. At first the man did not have clear vision, but after a second touch from Jesus he could see clearly. --In the rest of the passage we see disciples who need their partial vision opened completely. II. We must see the personal identity of Jesus (27-30). A. Many people have a limited view of who Jesus really is (28). --The disciples respond to Jesus' question by citing the latest opinion polls (cf. 6:14-16). --Herod thought Jesus was John come back from the dead. --Jewish tradition taught that Elijah would come back before the messiah (Malachi 4:5). Jesus would teach that John fulfilled this prophecy (9:11-12). --Others saw Jesus as one of many prophets--a great teacher, miracle worker, man of God. These answers are not much different than the kind of answers you might get today. B. Jesus' followers must have a true understanding of who he is (29). --Jesus' question shows these other answers were inadequate. --Peter answers for the disciples, and he answers correctly. --"Christ" was a title meaning "anointed" (Hebrew is "messiah"). It was the title of the promised "Son of David" who would come as Son of God to deliver/save his people. Do you understand who Jesus is? III. We must see the plan of Jesus (31-38). A. The plan of Jesus meant that he would suffer, die, and rise again (31). --The leaders' opposition we have seen in the stories would climax in Jesus' death. --Jesus would be victorious by rising again. B. We might sometimes fail to understand God's plan (32-33). --Peter again speaks for the disciples, but this time he is badly mistaken. --Peter has taken the part of Satan, the "adversary," who would keep Christ from his plan. C. Jesus has a plan for those who would follow him (34-38). --Discipleship means self-denial (34a). --Discipleship means a willingness to suffer (34b). --Discipleship means a sacrifice of one's own life ambitions (35a, 36). --Discipleship means receiving from Christ new meaning to life (35b). --Discipleship means unashamedly associating with Christ (37). --Discipleship means catching a glimpse of the glory of Christ (9:1). Conclusion: Have you had your eyes opened to the full meaning of following Christ? Have you decided to follow him completely?