As Jesus was walking, he came upon a man who was born blind. The disciples wondered and asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” He responded, neither of them sinned. “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as its day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The first time Jesus says He is the light of the world in John is found in chapter 8:12. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” When we choose to follow Jesus, He illuminates our path and makes a way for us to go. Though, before Christ we were walking in the darkness of this world, directionless and without hope.
After Jesus said He was the light of the world, he spit on the ground and made some mud with saliva. He then put it on the man’s eyes. Next he told him to go to the Pool of Siloam and wash it. The man did as Jesus directed him and he came home able to see!
People began to take notice. Especially his neighbors who remembered him begging. Though some weren’t sure if was actually him. But he insisted, I am the man. Now they wanted to know how it happened. He told them, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
This man’s life was completely changed because Jesus healed him! It was a miracle. He no longer would need to beg to provide for himself but he would be able to work for the first time in his life. He was also able to see the world around him for the very first time. He was could to take in the beauty of a blue sky, the warmth of a smile, and the rich colors of a sunset. What incredible delight he must have felt.
When have you experienced the healing hand of Jesus on your life? It could have been with the help of a doctor or surgeon. Maybe it wasn’t a physical healing but an emotional healing. Take time to think and journal how Jesus has healed you. Thank Him for the way he met you in your time of need.
Isn’t it beautiful to think that He heals us so that His work might be displayed in our lives. Glory to God! Glory to the Son!