As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples questioned Him: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" “Neither this man nor his parents sinned," Jesus answered. "[This came about] so that God’s works might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3
how quick are we to judge that something bad and stressful and difficult is a judgement from God or is a consequence of our sin.
life is life.
life is hard.
we live in a fallen world.
lets extend grace and demonstrate the love and mercy of God towards someone in suffering. lets pray for them and love upon them. lets practically help them.
After He said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. "Go," He told him, "wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means "Sent"). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. John 9:6-7
the bible leaves a lot unsaid… how did the crowds react? how did the disciples react?
how did the BLIND MAN react? hearing the spit… feeling the cool damp mud in his eye sockets…
how much had this man heard about Jesus? did he know that He did miracles? had he had other “miracle cures” offered in the past and was he discouraged and resigned to this hopeless life?
yet the man chose to go and obey Jesus, he made his way to the pool of siloam and washed and came back seeing.
Jesus the creator, took dust of the earth, just as Adam was made from the dust of the earth, and made eyes for this blind man.
what a unique creative unusual healing!
The man went and washed in Siloam, which means “One Who Is Sent.” When he had washed off the mud, he could see. Did the blind man know that the name of the pool meant “One That Was Sent”? was there significance – a big picture layer – in the name of the pool? The One That Was Sent – the Messiah, the Sent One, the Annointed One – is the one who heals us and saves us.
How far was it from where Jesus spit on the man to the pool of Siloam?
How long did it take for the blind man to get there?
How did he FEEL on the way to the pool?
Did he wrestle with fears and doubts on the way to the pool?
Was he amazed that Jesus took time to heal a mere beggar?