This is a quick healing:

Mark 10:51“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

But then, we have another episode of healing the blind earlier in Mark 8:

22 When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.

The people, presumably his friends, believed in Jesus' power to heal just by touching. This episode of healing started out like the one in Matthew 9:2

Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

But instead of immediate healing,

23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village.

There was a long delay. Jesus led the blind man out of the village. Why didn't he do it on the spot?

Then He spit on the man’s eyes and placed His hands on him.

The friends expected just a simple touching on the blind man's eyes, but Jesus spit on the man's eyes first.

Can you see anything?” He asked.

He asked this wavering question: Can you see anything?! This was a moment of monumental hesitation, dare I say, due to lack of sufficient power?! He didn't need to say that at all in this story and no one would blame him.

24 The man looked up and said, “I can see the people, but they look like trees walking around.”

Apparently, the healing was not quite perfected. It required a second application of dosage.

25 Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.

A similar question is asked in In the Gospel of Mark, why does Jesus heal this blind man twice?. The answers brought out some valid spiritual lessons by spiritualizing the episode as a double healing.

I see this as a single healing with a first incomplete attempt. I am not asking what kinds of spiritual or theological lessons can we learn in this episode. I am asking what kinds of spiritual mechanics/dynamics are involved here? Was Jesus tired spiritually? Was Satan there interfering? Was the blind man's faith weak? This episode was unique (or strange) in Jesus' life in terms of the integrity of His power.

Matthew 13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

In Mark, the blind man's friends did have faith and begged Him. Yet, Jesus delayed and was hesitant in healing the blind man.

  • Such supernatural acts are done by the power of God.
    – Nigel J
    Jul 20 '20 at 20:23
  • I think the question should be put so: if Jesus did the miracles on His own authority without prayers, and, since only God can act so and therefore Jesus is God, then, given that sometimes He heals with touching and other times without touching, can we assume that God's power of doing miracles vacillates from more to less? But it is absurd even to ask such a question, for God's power is infinite and infinity does not have any degrees. Jul 20 '20 at 20:55
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    Thanks for both comments.
    – Tony Chan
    Jul 20 '20 at 21:04
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    God is sovereign - He heals each according to his need. The question should be, why did God elect to heal this way for this person - what specific need did it meet?
    – Dottard
    Jul 21 '20 at 0:45
  • Yes, there was a purpose in this particular demonstration of healing. Jesus turned water into wine, for a purpose. Jesus passed by the sheepgate at Bethesda for a reason. And here, something is being demonstrated in this unique situation. That should be our focus. I suggest a little editing would be helpful.
    – Nigel J
    Jul 21 '20 at 6:36

To understand why some miracles have seemingly differing results, you need to put the miracles into a context. And there are two. Two broad groups - those Miracles he did in the early part of his ministry, and those later. But more, you need to see the ‘difference’, the ‘why’.

Those in the early part of his ministry were ‘signs’. That is, they were ‘foretold’ in the Tanakh (Old Testament). These were ‘signs’ that the Messiah would perform - and only the Messiah would be able to do these. These were specifically to announce the arrival of their Messiah. Example, healing someone born blind.

Because they were prophesied, they ‘would be’, that is, they would ‘happen’ independent of the recipients ‘faith’ - because prophesies ‘will be’. Gods word, what God has spoken, will come to pass.

But after being ‘rejected’ as Messiah, Jesus went about ‘doing good’. He already had a reputation of being able to deliver, but those seeking a miracle now required ‘faith’, the persons ‘faith’.

So now there is a ‘variable’ - or, in other words, the miracle was dependant on something outside of Jesus. So we see ‘your faith has made you well’, or, ‘as you have believed, so be it done unto you. Note ‘your faith’, ‘you’.

So, we see, for example, when Jesus could not ‘do’ any (great) Miracles, (Mark6:5) , if people’s ‘faith’ was lacking, (unbelief), he would ‘build’ it up by straight away starting to teach them. As well, he would sometimes have to move away from people casting or generating unbelief - go out of the town, or tell everybody to leave the room.

So .... The blind man who was only ‘partially healed’, needed his faith ‘built up’. (a little more).

The point here is it is people’s faith, not Jesus’s ‘power’, that was the variable. And, we appreciate this now comes into a contentious ‘zone’, so will leave it here. Nevertheless, it is an answer to this question.

  • Note: I also supplied a very similar answer to that question you linked to. So alerting the ‘site admins’, in case that is an issue? (I wasn’t sure).
    – Dave
    Jul 21 '20 at 19:58

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