Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Seeing, Sin, Spoke, Spit, Sent, Sight.
Joh 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 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, 7 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. 8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11 He answered and said, 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.
You got the outline, now the essence.
If anything, most blind men would desire their sight. Fanny Crosby was different. When asked what she would want, she answered other than to receive her sight, stating that she wanted to wait until she got to heaven, that way the first one she would see would be her Savior.
Perhaps, if this blind man had to do it all over again, he might have chosen something other than his sight, for his healing resulted in persecution, problems for his parents and expulsion from the synagogue.
In the end, this incident showed the Pharisees for what they were, blind sinners. And being called out by Jesus and shown up by a blind beggar was not something that they would stand for.
Never-the-less, the blind man received much more than he lost. He lost his membership in the synagogue. He lost his anonymity. He lost being able to be close to his parents. But he gained his sight, both physical and spiritual. Nice trade.