This passage describes the episode of a man born blind, who was healed by Jesus. When Jesus came across this man, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and He covered his eyes and asked him to wash himself in the pool of Siloam. The man went and washed and came back seeing.
This passage describes the episode of a man born blind, who was healed by Jesus. When Jesus came across this man, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and He covered his eyes and asked him to wash himself in the pool of Siloam. The man went and washed and came back seeing.We have to remember, that this man had never experienced the joy of seeing the light or any of God’s creation. His nights never ended and his world was always full of Darkness. He was always dependent on someone to be led to any destination and he had no clue as to what his surroundings were. Seldom did he realize where he was being led. For he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth – John 12:35. Then came the day when he met Jesus. It was a day when Jesus made his darkness into Light. As we know, the Word of God spoke light into existence in a world of darkness and confusion.
Jesus being full of compassion and love for this blind man, desired to show the works of his Father by giving this blind man sight. As those living in darkness cannot understand the things of the light – John 1:5. The putting on of clay upon the eyes of the blind man by Jesus, was in itself a Creative act. This was exactly how God created the first man. God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul – Genesis 2: 7. From nothing He made something. When Jesus put clay on the blind man’s eyes, things that were never there, which caused him to be blind, were created. But in order that he be able to see with what Jesus had created in him, he had to wash away the clay that weighed down his eyelids. Therefore He instructed the blind man to wash in the pool. The instant he obeyed Jesus by washing the clay off, the eyelids were free to open and his eyes could now see. Though he was given new eyes, the moment Jesus touched him, he did not begin to see, but his obedience in washing was what actually made him realize and enjoy what Jesus had done for him.
This episode has a parallel in the spiritual realm and even today unfortunately may of us are like this blind man, living in a world of spiritual darkness and confusion. The Word of God says in II Corinthians 4:4 that if the gospel be hid, it is hid from those whose eyes have been blinded by the God of this world, who is none other than Satan, the deceiver. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life and the only way to the Father – John 14:6. If you want to find your way, you should be able to see, your eyes need to be opened, lest you stumble and you fall John 11:10). Jesus is willing to heal your eyes, both physical and spirit.
Jesus is longing to show us the light in order that we might live no more in darkness, but live in His light. When we come to Jesus and ask Him to touch our lives and to change it from darkness to light, He immediately touches our eyes, so that Our spiritual eyes could be formed and that we may be able to see the truth. But unfortunately many of us are just happy to go away having received this touch from Jesus, failing to obey His instructions i.e., to wash in the pool of Siloam. Siloam the Word says means ‘sent’. And we are ‘sent’ to His Word, which is symbolized by water to wash (Eph 5:26). And indeed the clay would be removed from our eyes and we would be able to see the truth and enjoy what Christ has done for us. As you may have noticed in the episode, this man was among the few, who had the privilege of knowing Jesus not only as healer but also as his Saviour. And this happened because of his obedience. It may be today, that you only know Jesus as your healer. But if you wash yourself by reading and obeying the Word of God, you will have the privilege as the blind man did, to worship Jesus as Saviour and Son of the Living God John 9:35). Reading the Word of God is very important.
It also happened that the people in that region began to notice that this man who was born blind could now see. They wanted to know who caused it to happen? How it had happened? When it had happened? etc… And when he explained that it was Jesus, and what Jesus did, and obedience to the words of Jesus that caused him to see, the people desired to see Jesus, that they themselves could also be transformed. He made sure that he told them ‘all’ that happened and did not stop by saying that it was Jesus. He also mentions the importance of washing his eyes.
Beloved brothers and sisters, when we come to Jesus and are touched by Him and when we obey Him by washing ourselves in His Word, the change would be obvious and people will come and flock around us to lead them to the one who changed our life, to the one who caused our blind eyes to see. If you have never known Jesus, and you are desiring to know about Him, to cause your eyes to see Him, Wont you just ask Him and say, Lord Jesus open my eyes I want to see you, I want to know You, I want You to be not only my healer but my Saviour as well, I want to be able to worship You as the Son of the Living God. He will help You, for Jesus said in john 12:46 – “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness”.
In order to enjoy what Christ has done for you, you need to obey HIS WORD.