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and, “when he had spit on his eyes and   formed completely, but this would take
        laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Do   place gradually. So, on three special oc-
        you see anything?’ And he looked up and   casions, the Lord clearly instructed His
        said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees,   disciples about His necessary sufferings
        walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his   (8:31-33; 9:30-32; 10:32-34). These three
        eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his   occasions give structure to this section
        sight was restored, and he saw everything   of Mark, and their message is clear: just
        clearly” (8:23-25 ESV).               as the Perfect Servant would reach glory
          The uniqueness of this miracle lies in   through suffering, so would His disciples.
        the blind man’s sight being restored in   And, just as He revealed greatness in self-
        stages. All other recorded miracles of Jesus   sacrificial service, so would they.
        brought an instantaneous and complete   Below is a broad analysis giving an
        result, a fact which Mark constantly em-  overview of this large section of Mark:
        phasises. We must conclude, then, that a   Introduction: The Blind Man Enlightened
        spiritual lesson is intended in this gradual   (8:22-26)
        healing.                                Jesus’ Identity Affirmed: The Christ
          Just as this man received his physical
        sight in stages, so the disciples gradually   (8:27-30)
        understood truth about the Lord Jesus.    The Cross and Glory (8:31-9:29)
        This unique miracle introduced a period   The Cross and Greatness (9:30-10:31)
        of intense and repeated instruction for   The Cross and Glory and Greatness
        them. The disciples first understood the   (10:32-44)
        identity of Jesus. When asked by the Lord,   Jesus’ Itinerary Affirmed: The Cross
        “But who do you say that I am?” Peter con-
        fessed clearly, “Thou art the Christ” (8:29).   (10:45)
        The disciples welcomed the fact that Jesus   Conclusion: The Blind Man Enlightened
        was the Messiah. Their minds were filled   (10:46-52)
        with anticipation of the glorious Kingdom   The disciples would learn that the twin
        they believed He would soon establish.   truths of the Lord’s person (the Christ)
          However, immediately following this   and His work (the Cross) must both be
        clear confession, Peter showed that the   wholeheartedly received. Following Him
        disciples’ eyes remained closed to the   would have tremendous practical implica-
        itinerary of this Servant. When the Lord   tions for them. “For,” the Lord concluded,
        went on to affirm that “the Son of man   “even the Son of Man came not to be
        must suffer many things, and be rejected   served but to serve, and to give his life as
        of the elders, and of the chief priests, and   a ransom for many” (10:45 ESV).
        scribes, and be killed, and after three days   An old Missionary Society’s seal con-
        rise again,” Peter “took him, and began   tained the picture of an ox standing be-
        to rebuke him” (8:31-32). The disciples   tween a plough and an altar. Above the ox
        were more than willing to anticipate the   was written, “Ready for either.” Are you
        glory, but they had not yet realised or   ready to serve? Are you ready to sacrifice
        accepted the painful path leading to that   or suffer? This was the itinerary of the
        destination.                          Perfect Servant, and His command to us
          The disciples’ mindset had to be trans-  is “Follow me.”

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