(The record of this miracle is long and detailed… I would suggest that we all read the entire miracle as it is recorded in John. For the sake of this devotional much of the miracle’s details and truths have been skipped. Sorry.)
In this miracle recorded in the book of John we find 5 basic parts…
- The prelude (vs 1-5) – The Lord explaining why this man was born blind… “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. “ This young man had been born blind, but not because of any sin. He had been born blind so that the Lord would manifest the strength, authority and grace of God in this healing.
- The miracle –(vs 6-7) The Lord giving physical sight to this young man who was born blind – “When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. “Why the uniqueness in the method of this healing? This miracle symbolized spiritual truths about salvation. Basically, this miracle teaches us that although we are all born spiritually blind, the Lord by grace can intervene, apply the Word by the Spirit; and wash us of our sin while giving us spiritual sight.
- The Testimony of the young man (vs 8-34) “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight”… “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” …. – The testimony of this young man consisted of explaining the miracle that was performed and the results of that miracle. This is the most effective way that we can witness to others also… tell others what He has done for us and how we have changed since our salvation.
- The Results of his testimony (vs 8-34) are typical reactions from the fallen world. They include curiosity, fault-finding, disbelief, and rejection.
- The Ultimate Lesson (35-41) – And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. The ultimate lesson of this miracle, and our devotion today is taking an honest evaluation of our condition before the Lord. We find that the Pharisees, as they denied their spiritual need, were demonstrating that they were spiritually blind. Others, who are motivated to come to Christ, as they see their sinfulness and inability to save themselves, are the ones with Godly understanding and spiritual life.
We must be honest with ourselves and examine our hearts. Have we ever been given spiritual life and sight or are we, like some of the Pharisees, in denial of our own spiritual blindness? We should ask the Lord to graciously show us our true spiritual condition today.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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