Thursday, April 3, 2014

John 9:1-12
1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work 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 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be blind since birth? Never knowing what anything actually looks like? What would go through your mind if you had been blind since birth and then you were suddenly able to see? While that may be difficult to process on a physical level, unless you have been through that, spiritually we go through a “blind but now we can see” before and after giving our lives to Christ.

Before Christ there is darkness. One cannot even see where their next step is being taken. Context clues can be used to attempt and get some semblance of direction but there is no clarity, not even a glimmer. We see that it is Jesus who creates a way for this man to see for the first time just as he does for our spiritual blindness. His neighbors recognize him yet have trouble because of the man’s new sight and the formerly blind man must clarify to his neighbors by saying “I am the man.”
When our once blind eyes now see, people should have that same reaction. “Are you sure that is ___?” “It looks like them but I don’t think so.” What a great miracle it is for someone who was once blind to now see, to have a clear vision of the path before them, to be made new by the healing hand of Jesus Christ. We have all been called to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to help the blind now see by pointing them towards Jesus.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of sight, for opening my eyes and allowing me to see. I pray that I may follow your call and be a light unto the world and help others gain their sight by pointing them towards you. In Your Great Name I pray, Amen.

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