1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.
2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the 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 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.”
10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”
13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees.
14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”
22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
There are several accounts from the life of Christ that should grab our attention; this is one of them. A family endured the agony of a blind child in a day when handicaps were seen as something evil, some sort of judgment on those who had them. For forty years their son, now a man, lived the life of a blind beggar. The family knew they had done nothing sinful to deserve this malady but endured the harassment of the public.
When Jesus came by he had a plan that was at least forty years old (from eternity Jesus knew of this event.). Jesus was going to give this man sight so that God could be glorified. On the Sabbath, Jesus did good to a man and the Pharisees went into attack mode. As you read this account your heart goes out to the healed man and to his family. They were being thrown out of the synagogue because Jesus healed a blind man! This is absurd to say the least. The man is grilled, his parents are grilled, and the Pharisees are trying to find fault in a God-ordained, faultless situation.
The man born blind gives the greatest answer he could give. He concludes by saying, “Whether this man is a sinner or not I don’t know. What I do know is this, once I was blind but now I see.” When Jesus comes by He gives sight to all of us who are blinded by our sin. Those who argue about Christ don’t know what He can do and have never enjoyed His life-giving and sight-giving grace. Were you blind? Now do you see? There is no greater testimony.
Dave is going in for a shot in his back tonight. Pray that this will bring him so needed relief. Pray for him to be able to focus through his pain.
Pam called me yesterday and she too is in pain. Pray for the antibiotics to help. Pray for her peace too.
Tonight is our Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. We will have a kids club and some kids from VBS will be coming. Youth group will also be in full swing. Join us for a great time together.
Have a great day in the Lord,