Magic and the Messiah

I thought I’d jot down a few verses I’m meditating on at the moment.

Mark 6:13– Jesus anoints the sick

Mark 3:20– Jesus accused of being out of his mind

Mark 7:31– Jesus used fingers in ears and spit on tongue to heal

Mark 8:23– Jesus uses spit on eyes to heal blindness

Mark 11:22– Jesus talks about faith

John 9:6 – Jesus spits to make mud and heal the blind

James 5:14– Anointing oil used in prayer

The essential issue this raises is, again, this phenomenologically looks like magic. While Jesus could heal people with a word he nevertheless saw the value in the sacramental use of symbols. I am wondering how Wiccans and Christians respond to this.

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