August 12, 2020

John 9:5-7, 35b-38

​ “… I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he [Jesus] spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing… [Jesus] said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.


I heard a wonderful observation the other day: “We are all just one encounter away from a whole new theology.” One real, life-giving touch from God can change the way we see everything!

In our passage this week Jesus and the disciples encounter a man, blind his entire life. Imagine never having the simple ability to see! Darkness is all you’ve experienced, all you’ve ever known, from childhood to full adult. You’ve never enjoyed even a glimpse of what most of us take for granted. How might that impact the way you view God, or the world in general?

And then comes the day Jesus touches you! For this blind man, Jesus spoke light and healing into his world of darkness and his life was never the same. Try to imagine how those first few moments, hours or even days must have felt. Everything is new, everything is fresh! I was blind but now I see! Yes, if the man ever doubted before, at least on this day he knows God is truly real, and really does things in the world, even for an apparent nobody like him! 

How about you and your life today? Are you walking in darkness in some way and need God’s life-giving touch? Has it seemed to be a while since He’s spoken light to you? Whether your needs are big or small today, your Heavenly Father adores you and wants to be part of your solution and your life. Let’s seek Him today so that, like the blind man, we may also worship Him in humility and gratefulness for all that He does!

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