Picture this: Jesus meets a blind man and heals him with a combination of dirt, spit, and the Holy Spirit. When the man’s neighbors learn about his healing, in a hurry, religious leaders tracks down Jesus looking for answers.
Can you imagine living with absolutely no vision? Your view of the world would be the images someone has patiently painted in your mind.
John 9 describes a man blind since birth. Some of Jesus’ disciples assumed the blindness had been brought on by sin, maybe his or maybe even the sin of his parents. Jesus assured them that the man’s troubles had not been caused by sin, but...
“...so the works of God might be displayed in him” - John 9:3
If you were blind, wouldn’t you be willing to try just about anything to be radically healed? Can’t you see yourself thinking, “Cover my eyes with a fresh mud pie made out of spit? Good plan!” Because that’s exactly what Jesus did. After covering the man’s eyes with mud Jesus told him to go wash his face. In an instant, his dark world became light.
Religious leaders overlooked the healing miracle because they wanted to ensure it happened according to their regulations. Was this the same man who had been blind, the beggar? If so, who had healed him? Didn’t Jesus know He wasn’t supposed to heal people on the Sabbath? Their interrogation ended abruptly with the former blind man proclaiming...
“I was blind, but now I see!” - John 9:25
Everyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior has a before and after story. If you’ve gone from darkness to light, your story has been written so the works of God might be displayed in you. Your story is just as miraculous as the one in John 9. You were blind, and now you see.
“Father, thank you for saving me, and setting me free! I rejoice because of what you’ve done, and how far you’ve taken me. I am grateful for the transformation you’re making in my life. Help me take continual steps towards the great future you called me to. Show me the people in my life, who needs to hear my story of hope and love. Give me courage to share it!”
What would be your reaction to this healing? What would be your response if you were the blind man, healed right in that moment? I’m sure you’d rejoice, give Jesus the biggest hug and thank you that you could muster up… and you’d go tell someone, right? Who is it that you need to share your story with today? Not sure where to start? CLICK HERE to learn how to share your story, and an opportunity to share it!