At last after the last chapter, a blind man taking action on the words of Jesus! Amazingly after being threatened with stoning Jesus calmly continues the work of His father as He goes along. Once again the disciples are slow to learn and ask Jesus who sinned his parents or the man born blind. Hard to consider what sin a baby in the womb could commit so it was a rather poor question. The disciples were wondering what was wrong with the man and not what if anything they could do to help him. How often do we ask the wrong question or look for the reason behind someone’s condition instead of asking is there anything we can do to help. Note to Graham look to help not to pry! Jesus repeats another great truth I am the light of the world. John, in Chapters 3, 8 and now 9 point to Jesus being Light. How beautiful that a man born blind from birth should meet the light of the world before he can see anything. Challenge to Graham when you can’t see the wood for the trees and stumble around in darkness ask the light of the world to lead and guide me. Another thought is that even from what seems a helpless condition, God can use it to display His glory and affirm the sonship of Jesus through miracles, signs and wonders. Jesus ensuring His miracles cannot be formularised uses a novel approach to restore the man’s sight, spit and mud!! and then tells the man to go and wash it off! I assume the spit or the mud didn’t have any particular healing properties but the touch of Jesus touching His eyes and the weight of mud assured the man that something had been done that needed to be washed off seems to be reassuring, as the man takes Jesus at His word and goes to the pool of Siloam to wash the mud off. I wonder what he thought would happen as Jesus doesn’t tell him he would then be able to see. I also wonder how he managed to get to the pool of Siloam and down into the water, being blind from birth and now his eyes were covered in mud!! So it must have been a genuine expectant walk of faith that something good would happen and it does, he can see for the first time. The neighbours and local people were not sure if he really was the man born blind and he affirms he is and tells them how a man called Jesus restored his sight but he didn’t know where Jesus was and at this stage and he had never actually seen Him.
We need to see beyond the physical characteristics of the people we meet. Our challenge is to really seek what we can do to help them and encourage them. We are called to be light to those we meet, so that they can be drawn to the true light of the world. Moths are always attracted to a light source, wouldn’t it be really encouraging if people we meet at our frontlines were drawn to Jesus in the same way because of the way we care, respond and seek to help them in a non judgemental way shining out the genuine love of Jesus.
Lord Jesus you are the true light of the world that shines in and through the darkness. Help us to let your light that lives within us shine out to the world to attract people to Jesus. Amen.