The Story of the Blind Man

Mark 8:22-26

Jesus went to a little village called Bethsaida. There, a group of people brought a blind man to Him. “Please,Teacher, please touch our friend and make him better.”

Jesus took the blind man by the hand. He led him out of the village.

The blind man did not know what to think as he followed Jesus. He could feel Jesus’ hand in his own, and it was rough. The blind man’s friends had told him, “Jesus has healed others, He can heal you.”

Jesus stopped. The blind man felt Jesus take His hand away. Then He heard Him spit. The next thing he knew, he felt the wet warmth of both Jesus’ hands against his eyes.

When Jesus took His hands away from the man, He asked him, “Do you see anything?”

The man looked up. He moved his head from side to side. “I see men, but they are like trees, just moving shapes.”

Then Jesus laid His hands on the man’s eyes again. The man squinted. He began to see everything clearly. Cold eyes danced and the smiles of his friends greeted him. “I can see! I can see!” he shouted to them. They all gathered around him and hugged him, thanking Jesus.

Jesus brought His disciples to a quiet place north of Lake Galilee. There, He turned to them and asked a very important question. “Who do people say that I am?”

“Some say John the Baptist, come back to life. To some, You’re Elijah. Others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Then Peter stepped forward. He felt pushed from inside his heart to answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him, “You are very special and blessed, Peter. The only way you could have known that was if My Father in heaven had shown it to you.”

Jesus laid His hands on His friend’s shoulders. “Remember your name Peter,” He said.

Peter means “Rock,” the large, sturdy kind of rock upon which houses are built. The reason for this name became clear when Jesus said, the Church will be made up of people like you. They know that I am the Child sent from God. You are the Rock who will help build this Church.”

In the same way, anyone who believes in Jesus have built their lives on the strong “rock” of Jesus. The house built on rock cannot be blown away by the storm.