Journey to Jerusalem Day 30
Thursday, March 26 John 9:1-13
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.” 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:9) And again in John 9:5, “as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Why didn’t Jesus just heal the blind man on the spot as he had done for so many others? There must have been something he wanted to show us. When the blind man who was blind from birth (in darkness, sin) was given his sight (now in the light, made whole) it was done at the will and command of Jesus so that God might be glorified.
The blind man didn’t ask for healing—Jesus saw and spoke to him and the man responded to Jesus’ commands in faith. All this took place in the Temple area on the Sabbath. Many Jewish religious laws were broken in this encounter by both Jesus and the blind man.
What I thought while reading this passage was the Pool of Siloam was beyond the legal distance one could travel on the Sabbath, but the man still responded in faith and obedience. He walked there with mud on his eyes in the sight of everyone.
That is faith and obedience in action. So, we should do and go as the Lord directs us.
Heavenly Father give us ears to hear what you want us to do and the obedience to do your will that we may see the wonders of your work. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.