11th & 12th April
“The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put mud on my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”
Blindness must be such as a hard thing to deal with. I can’t imagine what life must be like, without seeing the beauty that God has made. Yet here in today’s passage we see two blind people, one physical, the other Spiritual. The first was a man who had been blind from birth. The second people with blindness were the Pharisees.
In John 10, we see that Jesus had just healed the man who had been blind from birth miraculously. Yet instead of marvelling at the wonder of healing, the Pharisees were incensed because firstly Jesus did this miracle on a Sabbath and secondly because they believed Jesus to be a sinner, yet here He was attracting crowds because of the love and compassion He was showing.
If Jesus were physically here today, what would our reaction be to this miracle? What we find it strange that Jesus healed a man by spiting on mud and rubbing it on his eyes? Would we be aggrieved that Jesus performed miracles on a Sunday? Or would we rather join in with the healed man and proclaim that Jesus is more than just a human being? Even being born blind, the man still had enough knowledge to know that what Jesus did was nothing short of a miracle. He proclaimed that “ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, He couldn’t have done it!”
The simple truth is that Jesus did perform a miracle. He opened the eyes of the blind exhibiting His Godliness for all to see. Yet some choose to be caught up in religious piety than accept who Jesus was. Today, let us not be caught up in the ways of this world, but fixing our eyes on Jesus, know that He is the one who can open our eyes to a life of light and not darkness, a life of peace instead of hurt.