- Jesus is walking through Jerusalem and comes across a man who has been blind since he was born.
- Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus whose sin is responsible for the man’s condition. (as was the common thought at that time)
- Jesus responds and explains that sin was not the reason for this man’s condition, but he was disabled so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
- While Jesus was with the disciples, they would work and serve the One who had sent Him, like men who work while the sun is up.
- Having laid that foundation with a teachable moment, He spits on the ground, makes some mud, and lathers up the man’s eyes.
- After doing this, the man is not immediately healed. Instead, Jesus commands him to go and wash in the Pool of Saloam.
- The man is obedient. After washing, he returns home healed.
- People are amazed at his healing. Some refuse to believe this is the same man they have known for so long, but he explained what had happened.
- People bring the man to the religious leaders to show them what had happened. They realize this healing was done on the Sabbath and some conclude that the man who had worked the miracle could not have been from God because he worked on the Sabbath. Others, however, conclude that no one could work such a miracle if God was not with them.
- Not believing the man’s testimony, the religious leaders bring in his parents to check if he actually was blind. They give the basic information and turn it back on their son because he was of legal age to answer for himself.
- They said this because they knew they could be excommunicated from the synagogue for believing in the name of Jesus.
- Once again the religious leaders interrogate the man, who replies with “all I know is I was blind, but now I see!” He explains that nothing so miraculous could happen if God was not with Him.
- They hurl insults at him and force him out of the synagogue.
- Jesus finds the man after he is kicked out and asks if he believes in the Son of Man, explaining He is the One.
- The un-blind man believes and worships Him.
- Jesus explains that He has come to judge the world, so that the blind will see and those who claim to see will be made blind.
- Some religious leaders are in His presence and ask “wait, are you saying we’re blind too?” To which Jesus replies that their claim to see shows their guilt.
John obviously felt this story needed to be told, as he dedicated a large portion of his writing to it. One thing that jumps out to me is the spirit and will of the man whose life is changed. He is steadfast in following Jesus. His life is changed and he refuses for life to return the same way. When the religious leaders were questioning him, he asked “do you want to be his disciples too? “ as if he was saying “isn’t this great?? Join me in following this awesome guy!” I want to have that same spirit where people want to interrogate me about what I know about Jesus. Replying with boldness, hey come join me as I follow Jesus!
Jesus, pick me! I praise you for this story of your servant whose life was changed forever. Please give me the boldness to share what you have done in my life and how awesome you are. I pray for opportunities to share more and more in the everyday. Thank you for your grace and how you are working not only in my life, but the lives of so many around me! Amen.
Posted on Tue, November 3, 2015
by Brian Landers