Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Bible Reading: John 9:1-34
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said. They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided. Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.” They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”
This story of healing a blind man is the only recorded one that specifically states that he had been born blind. Many believed that the cause of blindness at birth to a child meant that the child either carried the sin of the parents or oddly that somehow the sins of the child himself caused the blindness. Jesus quickly tells his disciples that the blindness was not about sin, it was to display the works of God. The Jewish leaders were not interested in the truth about the healing of the blind man. They were more interested in themselves and their perceived notion of God and the coming Messiah. These educated men and scholars in the community knew the scriptures but did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the Chosen one of God. No, Jesus did not fit the mold of who they wanted him to be. They were blind to the truth. This blind man from birth had been an outcast to his own community because of his blindness and now after receiving his sight had become an outcast because of his faith in Jesus, the man who healed him.
The Rest of the Story
Spiritual Blindness ~ John 9:35-41
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
Jesus, once hearing of the man he had healed being thrown out of the synagogue, left those He was with and went and found him. Jesus compelled by love went out to find this one man…why? This is Jesus, “The Good Shepherd” leaving the large crowds (the ninety-nine) behind went to find the lost (one) and bring him home. We need a heart like Jesus, to seek and find the lost, leading them to salvation in Jesus.
Jesus’ love compels Him to seek and save the list.
- Does that same love beat wildly in your heart as well?
- I am a constant work in progress as I believe we all are. None of us are without sin. Each day is a new day to share the love of Jesus to a hurting world. Be the best version of yourself, be authentic, be kind and ask God for guidance in all you do. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is the Son of God and He created me with purpose to bring glory to God.
Do you know individuals who are far from Jesus? Pray and ask Jesus to compel you with His love to seek them that He may save them.
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~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.