Why Did Jesus Spit On People?

He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”  He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. – Mark 8:22-25

What was the deal with Jesus spitting on people?  We know that if Jesus was real, he could heal with just his own words.  Why did Jesus need to spit on people to heal certain maladies, like blindness? 

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