And he comes to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man to him, and sought him to touch him.…
In the touching of the eyes with spittle, and laying on of hands, there was no inherent efficacy. They were means and channels of grace. Christ has established a Church in the world, and an ordained ministry therein, and holy sacraments, which only through Him become healing powers in the world. He could have spoken a word to the blind man at Bethsaida and all would have been accomplished that was sought for. He could save men's souls directly by fiats of omnipotent grace, but He has chosen a Church to embody and set forth the fulness of His love toward a lost world. He has used means.
(E. N. Packard.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.