“Look instead for what God can do” (THE MESSAGE John 9:4).
THE MESSAGE: John 9:1-7
In Your Bible: John 9:1-7
Jesus and his disciples came upon a man who was blind. Jesus had already healed many who were blind by disease or accident. However, this is the only miracle in which a sufferer was blind from birth! The Jews unhesitatingly connected suffering with sin. They believed blindness was caused by either the person himself or his family. Belief that children inherit the consequences of sin from their parents is woven throughout the Old Testament.*
Asking the Wrong Question
The disciples pointedly asked Jesus if God caused the blindness. He made an odd reply. Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do” (THE MESSAGE John 9:3-5). He continues, “We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, while the sun shines……I am the world’s Light” (THE MESSAGE John 9:3-5).
The Right Action
Then Jesus showed God at work. He made mud by mixing his spittle and dirt, then rubbed it in the blind man’s eyes. Then he said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man washed – and saw” (THE MESSAGE John 9:6,7). Again, a seemingly odd action by Jesus, resulted in healing the man born blind by the man/God/Jesus.
Application: The gospel writer, John, gives another example where Jesus is God and a miracle worker. Jesus knew people needed to see him as both. Glory to God!
Prayer: Father, help me see you daily as one with Jesus. Jesus showed it. I believe it. Thank you.
Question: Do we find ourselves asking the wrong questions, then wishing we’d asked differently? Why did Jesus do miracles for mankind? Is it the same today?
* The Daily Bible Study, The Gospel of John, Vol 2, William Barclay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1956, pp. 45-47.
Photo from: Jesus Life and Times, Flemming H. Revell Company Publishers, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1979, p.106.
(See my blog on May 23, 2013 for more thoughts on the rest of this passage – John Chapter 9.)