As a follow-up to the worship message each Sunday, Pastor Tom (or whoever preached that Sunday) jots down some additional thoughts for us to ponder. We hope these thoughts enrich your time as you meditate on Sunday's message and on God's Word.
*Sermon Afterthoughts from December 2010 through June 2012 can be found on our Facebook page in the Notes section.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (8/21/16) entitled, "Seeing Clearly" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Mark 8:22-26):
The ministry of Jesus was authenticated in many ways, including the miracles He performed. What makes this particular miracle unique is that it was a "two-stage miracle.” The blind man was not healed completely after Jesus touched his eyes with the saliva. The fact that he saw "people but they looked like trees, walking,'' indicated that his sight was far from clear. So, Jesus touched his eyes a second time, bringing about complete healing for his blindness.One of the main takeaways from this encounter between Jesus and the blind man is that we are all the blind man, In other words, our ability to understand the person and ministry of Jesus continues to grow more clearly as our eyes are opened more and more through the illuminating working of the Holy Spirit. The disciples were evidence of this as they progressively learned over time who Jesus Christ truly was and why he came to earth. Ironically, right on the heels of this passage in Mark’s Gospel, Peter is rebuked by Jesus as Peter tried to dissuade Jesus from going to the cross. Peter needed more insight and understanding, which only the Holy Spirit can provide. There is so much more about the majesty and the healing power of Jesus that He longs for us to perceive.Yes, we are the blind man; and yes, we are Peter. ‘'''Open my eyes Lord; open my eyes, I want to see Jesus.''