“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“I Was Blind, Now I See”

(Please read John 9:20-25)

August 13

One writer has called the miraculous incident in John 9 a live-action parable about Christ being “the light of the world,” as He claimed in Verse 1. In it we see many parallels to Jesus saving people from their sins.

His disciples saw a puzzle, wondering who sinned, the man or his parents. (The answer: “neither.”)

But Jesus “saw a man” and treated him as a man, not as a conversation piece. When Jesus placed clay on the man’s eyes and told him to wash them in the pool of Siloam, the man obeyed. Of course he wanted to go somewhere to wash his eyes, but why the pool of Siloam? Answer: because the Lord said to go there. So he made his way to that pool and washed his eyes, and then he could see!

When the man’s healing became known, the enemies of Christ had a problem – how to explain the miracle away. They tried to bluff their way through by repeatedly cross-examining the man, but he steadfastly gave Jesus the credit for his healing.

Throughout the story Jesus took the initiative with the blind beggar, even as he does with us (see Luke 19:10 and 1 John 4:10). The healed man had referred to Him as “the one who is called Jesus,” then as “a prophet,” then as “this man . . . from God.” Finally he exclaimed, “Lord, I believe!” (Verse 38). When a person really understands who Christ is and what He has done for him, he cannot help but worship and adore Him! And in that truth there is hope for us all.

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