July 8, 2021 –
The Apostle John shares a fantastic story of a blind man who had never seen—who received new eyes and saw.
1 As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples questioned Him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him. 4 We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After He said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on the blind man’s eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:1-7, HCSB)
Jesus mixed His saliva with dirt and placed the mud on the eyes of a man who was born blind. He told him, Go, and wash in the pool of Siloam. He went, and when he returned, he could see.
Jesus didn’t heal the blind man’s eyes, wait for a large audience, tell the man he had sinned, so he was not eligible for healing. He used dust from the ground as He had initially created humankind from the dust of the earth. While creating the first man and woman, Jesus breathed life into them. With mud and the touch of His hand, he transformed the blind man who had never seen into a man who could see.
We must allow the mud and the touch of Jesus’ hand to:
- Make us conscious of our blindness.
- Open our eyes so we see Sunday as a day of worship, rest, and reflection. It is not a day imposed by Man’s rules and regulations.
- Show God’s sovereignty and let Jesus cure our spiritual blindness.
- Help us take a stand for Jesus for all He has done for us.
- Transform us from seeking handouts for support to the receiving of God’s bountiful gifts.
- Expose the workings of the world’s evil.