Mark 10:51-52 Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; gyour faith has hmade you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Can you see the number 12 in the circle to the left? I can too, but there are many tests for color blindness similar to this one that I cannot see. My wife is always amazed when I cannot see one of these numbers. The Apostles struggled with more than color blindness, and all humans are born on earth with a blindness like theirs.
At the end of Mark chapter 10 we hear of Christ healing a man of blindness. This story is timely in the context of the book. In the preceding verses Christ told His disciples He was going to die and rise from the dead (v. 32-34). This is the third time He has told them this, and again, as we see in the previous two announcements of His death, the disciples immediately deny Him by exalting themselves (8:31-33, 9:30-37). They were blind and had no idea. At least the man Christ healed had knowledge of his blindness.
In 10:35-45 James and John ask for honor in Christ’s glory. They simply did not understand what Christ was doing for them even after He explained it to them. The magnitude of His sacrifice was clearly not seen. Christ is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.” (Heb 1:3) yet the disciples were blind to this reality that was right before them.
The healing of the blind man recorded in verses 46-52 gives us a glimpse of Scripture’s remedy to this problem. Our Lord must restore eyesight, and then we can follow Him. If we continue through the story of Scripture, we see that the Apostles did not become perfect after they were given sight. What we do see, though, is transformation. In chapters 8-10 of Mark we see the Apostles continuing in unbelief showing forth no understanding. After Pentecost, we see a drastic change as the Apostles now struggle against sin, love holiness, and begin to grasp the magnitude of what they had experienced as Christ walked the earth with them!