Lent – Day 1 – Jesus Questions

“Can you see anything now?” (Mark 8:23)

In one of the more unusual miracles in His ministry, Jesus takes a blind man by the hand, spits on his eyes (not terribly delicate!), lays His hands on the man, and asks this simple question: “Can you see anything now?”

blind-manIt strikes us as unusual because the man does not experience immediate and full healing. He sees better, but everything is still rather fuzzy. So Jesus lays His hands on the man’s eyes a second time to fully restore his sight. We have a rare instance of a two-part miracle.

Today is Ash Wednesday; the first day of Lent. Many of us may start this season of fasting with less than 20/20 spiritual sight. We face challenges. We carry concerns. We lack clarity. We have questions.

If only we could see better.

Perhaps you have decided to observe Lent this year because something significant looms before you. Or perhaps you’ve been stuck in spiritual apathy. That happens to us all from time to time. A cloud descends upon us like the fog that rolls in overnight. We didn’t see it coming, but when we head out the door in the morning we feel rather engulfed by a certain gloominess; disconnected from the brilliant sunshine that we’ve experienced at other times.

If only we could see better.

In so many ways, the unnamed man in the Gospel story serves as a metaphor for us all. The blind man knew of Jesus, but couldn’t see Him. Don’t we have similar days?

If we started Lent today with the assumption that we should have all of our spiritual ducks in a row, this simple short story comes with great encouragement. While we may struggle to see Christ, He is nonetheless with us. And while we may feel the burden of suffering, He comes to us with compassion and healing. It may not happen overnight, but we will see.

On this Ash Wednesday — a day of penitence — perhaps it’s our sin that has kept us from seeing Jesus. Take a moment, confess your sin, repent of your sin, and turn afresh to Him with a soul ready to receive grace and a heart eager once more for His Presence.

We will see better.

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This Lenten series draws from questions that Jesus asked in the Gospels. His questions help us probe more deeply into both ourselves and the heart of God.

If you are interested in using a version of Jesus Questions for a short-term small group experience, I commend to you Sam Gutierrez’s The Jesus Questions. This $5 book provides very helpful guidance.

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4 Responses to Lent – Day 1 – Jesus Questions

  1. Jana Tiefenwerth says:

    Just what I needed to hear! Thank you!

  2. Elaine says:

    David, is it possible we are not seeing clearly because we are not looking through the lens of love or grace? This Lenten season might be a good time to ask for God to see through his eyes. I thank you for encouraging me to dig deeper.

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