John 9:1-38, “25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
What runs through your mind when you face something that appears to be a challenge or a struggle? The first thought possible and common question, “what did I do wrong”? We equate the challenge to be a punishment for something we may have done wrong. We begin to scan our memories of what it could be. We see it with the disciples when they encountered with a man who was born blind. John 9:2-3, “2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” and 3, “Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him”. To the disciples, there had to be a cause and that cause to their thinking had to do with sin. Jesus had a different response.
It is interesting to see how Jesus healed this man. Naaman was told to go and wash in river Jordan 7 times, he had a problem with that. As for this man in John 9, Jesus spat on the ground, made clay and anointed his eyes. Here is what got me, imagine a blind person who desires his eyes opened, you take something thick and you apply it in his eyes and then tell him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam? How can a blind man lead his way to the pool? Why is Jesus making it even tougher for him? Here is what I believe, in as much as this man needed the physical healing, Jesus wanted to demonstrate that He needed spiritual eyes to see things the natural eyes could never see. I believe the Spirit of God directed this man to the right pool. The Spirit was like that cane the blind use to find their way. It also shows that though Jesus gave him spiritual eyes, He cared about him to give also physical. He dealt with the spiritual then physical.
This man who we are not even given his name humbles himself, builds faith and moves as commanded. So he goes to the pool and washes, scales falls off his eyes and he comes back seeing. Here is another thing that got me, the bible says he was born blind, it is not recorded if he had ever been to that pool and even if he did, he would not know which way. But Jesus performed a miracle because we see him come back with his eyes opened and knows where to go. Does this show us that the same Spirit that led him to the pool blind is the same Spirit that led him back seeing? This shows that when we are touched and healed, it is not the end but the beginning. He came back rejoicing and became a voice and a testimony to many.
The testimony was so huge that they kept asking him how his eyes were opened and he kept on testifying how Jesus opened his eyes. The Pharisees kept on asking him many questions hoping that he would change his story but he would not.
With so much pressure on him, and Jesus having been called all sought of things, he stood firm and proclaimed his healing testimony, John 9:25, “He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” No one can take away what God has done in your life. The enemy might whisper in your ear that you are not healed and even try and convince you that Jesus did not do it, that it happened by chance or the doctors did it. Do you see that he did not even say the pool healed him? he knew Jesus did it, going to the pool was a demonstration of faith and obedience. I love his final strong testimony before they kicked him out of the temple, vs. 30-33, “30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32, Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” He healed me, period, he delivered me!!! Nothing can talk me out of what He did and nothing can talk you out of what He did if you stand firm in your testimony. Let the enemy whisper all he wants, He can’t take what you don’t give him. Blessings Ev
- Power To Heal, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Can You Stand Your Ground?, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- I Must Exalt Christ, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)