John 9: 1. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Tracie shares this passage in the introduction of her book. She draws from the text that the blind man had endured a serious handicap, immense suffering, and undeserved physical and emotional challenges for decades. It seems to be a belief that if you were born with or had a physical handicap that someone had to have sinned. But Jesus quickly tells his disciples in verse three that neither sinned but that this miracle would be used to glorify God.
Jesus bends down and makes a mud using divine saliva, how many of us as moms have used our own saliva to erase a smudge from a child’s face? He places this mud on the eyes of the blind man and then He tells him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. Jesus gave him his marching orders. The blind man has to make a choice, to believe or not believe. He obeys. The result is the man went home seeing the beautiful sky, his family, and the community where he lived.
Tracy says, “When we witness the power of Jesus in our life, or we experience His healing (whether physical or spiritual) we are instructed in I John 9: 4-5 to quickly acknowledge His faithfulness, praise Him, trust in His ways, and willing walk or run toward fulfilling our purpose.“
Tracie writes, “We may find ourselves questioning God’s ways rather than blindly trusting, our doubts prevent us from experiencing healing, redemption, and purpose.”
Today, Jesus bends down and is willing to touch you. He is willing to meet you right where you are at. He loves you so much that He gave His life so that we would have eternal life. That is the gospel message in John 3:16
Shackled by a heavy burden
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me
And now I am no longer the same
He touched me, Oh, He touched me
And Oh the joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole
Since I met this blessed Savior
And since he cleaned and made me whole
I never cease to praise Him
I’ll shout it while eternity rolls
Oh He touched me, oh He touched me
And oh the joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.
Father God, if there is any one needing a fresh touch or fresh glimpse of your love for them, let them click on the song above. Fill them because Your joy fills our soul. Your love is so amazing. Your plan for our lives is perfect. Father each one of us needs mud on our eyes so that we can wash away the world view and see Jesus just as the blind man did in John 9. Thank you for the picture of Jesus bending down, creating a plan and cure and then touching the blind man something he may not have had the touch of a human in kindness and then restoring his sight so he could live according to Your plan for him. Touch each one of us Lord as we read this book. Bring healing into our lives where there is pain, distrust, and disharmony. In Jesus name, Amen.