A Blind Man in BethsaidaMark 8:22-26
Mark is the only gospel that includes this story.
Jesus went to Bethsaida.
The people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged Jesus to touch him.
Jesus took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town;
Jesus spit on his eyes, and put his hands on him.
Jesus: Do you see anything?
Blind man: I see men as trees, walking.
Jesus put his hands again on his eyes, and made him look up:
The blind man was restored, and saw every man clearly.
Jesus sent him to his house, saying, Don’t go into the town, or tell what happened to any in the town.
Whom Do Men Say That I Am?
Matthew16:13-20 (Found also in Mark 8:27-30 and Luke 9:18-21)
Where: The coasts of Caesarea Philippi
Jesus was alone praying (no crowd), but his disciples were with him
Jesus: Whom do the people say that I am?
Some say that you are John the Baptist:
Some say you are Elijah;
Others say that you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets, risen again
Jesus: But whom do you say that I am?
Simon Peter: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus: You are blessed, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven.
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Then Jesus told his disciples that they should tell no man that he is Jesus the Christ.
Jesus: Whom do you say that I am?
This is a question we all have to answer. I think Peter said it best in John 6:68-69. Lord…you have the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.