As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they demanded. 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.”
Eyes are amazing aren’t they? And I’m not talking about the amazing color of your significant others pair! What we can observe through our eyes is absolutely incredible!
But not everyone can see. Some people are born blind. Their eyes simply don’t work. And that’s a huge red flag. When someone’s body doesn’t work as it’s supposed to it reminds us that none of our bodies work like they’re supposed to. No matter how well our bodies work now, one day they’ll stop.
Why is that? God certainly didn’t create bodies to die. So why will our bodies eventually stop working? Well, it’s because of a deeper problem. God tells us in Ezekiel 18 “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” We die because of sin. But there’s more.
Earlier you read a portion of Scripture from the beginning of John chapter 9. Look what Jesus says at the end. “Jesus said, “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.”
On our own, we’re so saturated with sin we don’t even realize we’re sinful. It’s as if we’re blind. The good news is Jesus can work miracles! He has the power to give sight to the blind! With his innocent death Jesus paid for every sin you’ve ever committed. By rising from the dead Jesus assures you that he has the power to raise the dead—you and I included!
Why can he do these amazing things like forgiving sins and raising the dead? Because he’s God! Need proof? He fixed the broken eyes of a human being! Only God could do that!
The same God who fixed this blind man’s eyes is the God who forgives your every sin and promises you life in heaven!
Blessings on the rest of your week!