As the story goes…
"Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth." This man could have just as easily been you or i. We are all born blind. We have eyes yet we do not see.
"His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here." How quickly we are able to pick the defects out of other people, judge them for their failures, sadly shake our heads and move on. We certainly don't want any of their dirt to rub off on us.
"Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.” As a believer, Jesus abides in you and i. We are to see people through Jesus eyes. It is through Jesus we have sight and see others illuminated by His light. It is in His light we are to work energetically.
"He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). It is Jesus desire that we see. If it is your desire, He will open your eyes and give sight. He will give sight according you His terms, not yours. If He choses mud in your eye, to create sight. Be blessed. Get muddy!
"The man went and washed—and saw." If is in obedience and humility that we go where Jesus sends us. With belief, we are cleansed and sight restored.
Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, “Why, isn’t this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?” Others said, “It’s him all right!” But others objected, “It’s not the same man at all. It just looks like him.” He said, “It’s me, the very one.” Miracles happen. People are drawn to them. As one who has miraculously received sight, i am blessed. In the presence of Jesus, i am to testify to the miracle in my life. i was blind, now i see.
They said, “How did your eyes get opened?” “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.” Sharing the results of Jesus love in your life, does not require a theology degree. Your story is simple and sweet. You listened. You obeyed. You were healed. Now tell.
“So where is he?” A very simple question sums up the story…. so where is He? Where is this man called Jesus?
Quotes by Peterson, Eugene H. (2006). The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language (p. 1910). NAVP9. Kindle Edition.
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