John 9 1-41
The healing of a blind man. You have to read the passage to get all the details. So much about this chapter bothers me. Do you ever read something and it feels like you got dirt in your eyes? Pardon the pun but in truth the irritation is in your spirit?
Jesus heals a blind man with mud he makes with his own saliva and he stands condemned because making mud is considered (working) which cannot be done on the Sabbath.
Jesus heals a blind man, blind from birth and the argument is about whether or not Jesus can be from God since he broke the oral law – As in those added by Rabbi’s to the original commandments.
So let me get this straight – Jesus takes a moment, stops his world to heal a man who has never seen his parents face, or seen the wind blow through leaves or waves roll on the sea. He has compassion on a man that has never seen the sky or the stars or the sun or flowers or people, a man that has never seen beauty and the religious leader’s only question is “Did Jesus break a rule?”
Sometimes I read through scripture and realize I am all characters but Jesus.
I can walk past someone with a judgmental or ignorant perspective like the disciples whose first thought was “who sinned, this man or his parent’s”.
I can be the blind man receiving unmerited mercy, favor and healing and be a bit slow in getting how big a deal it really is. That my response should be to worship, surrender and follow.
I can be the religious leader who is quick to discount a move of God because it didn’t follow their theology.
But really I just want to be like Jesus.
Jesus is pushy about expanding and enlightening peoples understanding of himself.
Jesus is passionate about bringing healing into every possible situation.
Jesus is persistent in giving us opportunity to understand He is who he says He is.
Jesus is patient and as he gives us opportunities to extend our obedience and faith.
Jesus is perfect
I just wannabe like him.