Scripture reading for May 17th: John 9:1-41
The entire ninth chapter of John’s Gospel is dedicated to the story of a man blind from birth who was healed by Jesus. This man’s condition initially brought a question from the disciples, “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 work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work 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.” (John 9:2-5)
Jesus said that in this instance, that the sins of this man and the parents did not enter into the cause of his condition. The common thinking of that day was that deformity or disability was caused by sin somehow and that God was punishing that person through that infirmity. Jesus simply stated that this condition was not to be judged, but that it was an opportunity to display God’s work of healing and restoration in his life. Every day we have here on earth should be an opportunity to glorify Jesus and do the work of reaching hurting people before darkness stops the work!
Jesus proceeded to spit on the ground and made some mud and put it on the man’s eyes. Some feel that this was a creative miracle in that Jesus here modeled the creation account. (Genesis 2:7) The man was told to go and wash in the pool of Siloam and he came back seeing!
This miracle caused much discussion in the community and the Temple with the religious leaders. They couldn’t believe that this was the man who sat and begged for years. The man recounted how Jesus did the miracle but the religious leaders were upset because it was a Sabbath when the healing took place. They insisted that Jesus could not be from God because of this! (John 9:16) Still others insisted that this Jesus must be a prophet, because no sinner could do these miracles.
Reasoning and argument will not solve the dilemma! “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see.” (John 9:25) This man quit arguing and placed his trust in Jesus! (John 9:38) Isn’t it time for you to do the same?