Today's 365 is a bit different. I am posting all of John 9-- Jesus healing the blind man. I have a few things to say while you are readings, so read on.... By the way, I hope you can read this-- sometimes blogger doesn't like me.
The point is... the blind man never saw Jesus when he healed him. He only felt him. We feel him all the time when he does miracles for us. Do we react like the blind man? Do we get excited and follow him? Do we stand up to the people in charge no matter the consequences? Or do we pretend we don't recognize him? Or go on our merry way and keep our blessing to ourselves?
New International Version (NIV) (from www.biblegateway.com)
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Ok.... Important point... IF the man was blind because of something he did-- he was blind from birth, I don't see many sinful fetuses--Obviously, nothing he did caused his blindness. Sometimes we feel the same way. That we are causing our ailments. Most of the time, that's not the case...
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Jesus is saying that sometimes things happen and it's no ones fault. If only good happened, when would people seek out God? Does the news come on every day and say, "The sun came up-- and Act of God!". Nope, only in the bad do people think of Him---
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Now Jesus could have healed this guy standing right there and not made him go through all of that trouble... but he did it so others could see AND to see how much faith the man had. God can give us what we want easily-- but sometimes He CHOOSES to let us go to the water and wash out our eyes so we can prove our faith in him....
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
The man was so different, his neighbors didn't recognize him. How about you? When you accepted Jesus, could the neighbors recognize you?
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.
He didn't know.... because he'd never seen him. Jesus was gone when he got his sight.
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
They couldn't believe a 'sinner' who worked on the Sabbath could be from God... much less His son. No one doubted it was a miracle... they were too caught up in the details....
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
They didn't believe him... so they called in his mommy and daddy (how's that for a slap in the face). They told the men that he could speak for himself... anyone who said that Jesus was the Messiah would be kicked out of the synagogue (ie not a good thing).
24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
They wanted him to say that God did it... not Jesus. Little did they know it was the same thing...
25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"
26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
He said, "Listen people! I already told you once... do you need me to spell it out for you? Do you want to become his disciples???"
28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
Meaning, they didn't know if he came from God or was demon possessed-- a popular theory among them.
30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
The man had NO DOUBTS that he was from God!
34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
How dare an 'unimportant person' lecture them... for shame!
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
Jesus found him and asked him if he believed in the Messiah...
36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
Remember, he'd never actually seen him....
37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Can't you just imagine this guy's eyes lighting up! This was the guy who saved him! The guy who was God's son! It was a big deal to be with him.. and yes, he believed!
39 Jesus said,[a] “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
God Bless You,