Mark 8:23 – And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
Jesus once healed a blind man who received his healing in stages. His first image was of men who looked like trees. Then Jesus completed the work. In the late 70’s, I was speaking in a church in Ocho Rios. A cripple boy about seven years of age was brought to me for ministry. He had never walked. All he could do is crawl. His knees were calloused, and there were holes in the tops of his shoes where he had drug them on the ground as he crawled. His legs had been locked at the knees, as if he were in a squatting position, all his life, and they could not be straightened.
When it was time to minister to the needs of the people, they brought him forward. I asked the pastor if I could sit him on the communion table, and he agreed. I sat the little boy on the table, offered thanks to the Lord for His healing power, and then commanded his legs to be loosed in the Name of Jesus. Immediately, his legs were made loose at the knees. There was great rejoicing, but when I lifted him from the table, allowing his feet to touch the floor, he collapsed immediately when I released him. He could not walk. Holy Ghost spoke to my heart that what I had called for had happened. His legs were loosed. But I had said nothing about strength or walking. I sat the boy back on the table, and this time I commanded strength to come back into his legs, particularly his knees and ankles.
Once again, I lifted him from the table and stood him on the floor. This time he walked; slowly for the first few steps, then normally. Oh, the great joy that came to him and his family, and the church broke into a great praise to the Lord. Once again, the works we have read about in the ministry of Jesus and the early church through the apostles were performed. Once again, it was in the Name of Jesus, by His power, and for His glory. Still, the works were done. We were, once again, living out Acts 29. And it still happens today.
Manna for Today – Mark 8:22-26; Matthew 9:5; Mark 2:9-11; Mark 5:8; John 17:18; John 20:21