There is an old chorus that comes to mind that we sang long ago when I was in “youth group” as we called it. “Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth thou has for me…” I hear us singing that as I read this next passage that is full of the truth of our own blindness when it comes to understanding the Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Being a veteran of church ministry, working with a lot of kids over the years, (and still do!), I love the look in a person’s eyes when Jesus has touched them in a way that they now see Him and accept Who He is to them. There is a new sparkle in their eyes (and ours) when they talk about Him and what He now means to them. The sparkle was put there by the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. No one else could do that like He can.
Again, there is much to read, ponder and meditate on as we read another story about Jesus, the Light, who gives sight to the blind. So we will chunk it up, so to speak, so we can relish the nuggets of gold of Life and Light that can be mined here. First, consider this…we are all blind from birth until we are touched by the Jesus who gives us Light to see and a new Life to live. Why? Because of His everlasting, unconditional love for us. He wants us to see…really see!
John 9, The Message
9 1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”
3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”
6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.
8 Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, “Why, isn’t this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?”
9 Others said, “It’s him all right!”
But others objected, “It’s not the same man at all. It just looks like him.”
He said, “It’s me, the very one.”
10 They said, “How did your eyes get opened?”
11 “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”
Jesus and the disciples see a blind man by the side of the road. Jesus uses this man’s circumstance in a grand, teachable moment for His disciples…and for us. What do we learn from this miracle before the next episode takes place in this man’s life who was give Light from the touch of Jesus?
–We need to look past the condition or circumstance of people and “look to see what God can do”.
–Jesus is the only Light that opens blinded eyes.
–We look differently to others after the touch of Jesus in our lives. We ARE different!
–We need to be energetically at work for the One who opens blind eyes, the One sent from God, our Father.
–No matter what process or method Jesus presents…follow His directions! The blind man did exactly as Jesus said and He saw!
–After we are touched by the Savior, we are sent. “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.
Question: WHO led the blind man with mud over his eyes, to the pool called “sent”? One of the disciples? A family member? Someone watching as a bystander? Was it very far away from where the blind man begged at the gate? Was it a risk to lead the blind man? Was it pure joy to see the man bend over, wash his eyes, and then look up to see, really see for the first time?
There’s much more to the story…
Dear Heavenly Father, We are all blind from birth until the Savior who saves us, cleanses us from all sin, comes into our lives with the Light of mercy and grace. Our eyes are open. Our vision becomes clear. To lead another blind from birth person to the pool to receive sight. Oh, Lord, there are so many who are stumbling in the dark. Lead us. We are listening and following at your command. We will continue to work energetically until You come to claim us and take us home. In Jesus Name, Amen