Weekly Devotional – Wednesday, March 2, 2022
“If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” (John 9:33, NLT)
A man sat in darkness. He wasn’t afraid…it was all he’d ever known. He had learned to maneuver his way through the city—he recognized the smell of bread at the baker’s booth, the sounds of worship as he moved closer to the synagogue and could feel the presence of those around him as he sat with cup in hand, begging.
He had been born blind and, now as an adult unable to work because of his lack of sight, he relied on the generosity of others to provide for his needs. He was well known and had become a fixture of sorts, both pitied and ignored by those passing by. Until one day…
He heard the group approaching…just another rabbi and his disciples engaging in a question-and-answer discussion. Someone took notice of him sitting in his place and asked the question he had heard about himself before, though never posed to him directly, “Who sinned, this man or his parents?” He was about to tune them out as he had so many others, when he heard the puzzling response, “Neither. This man was born blind so that the glory of God could be seen through him.” What? That was a new one. Could it be they had been talking about someone else?
He heard rather than saw someone spit on the ground and mix up some mud; he then felt gentle hands apply the thick mixture to his eye area. Okay…that was weird! Then the voice that had given the response spoke to him directly, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” Gladly! What had just happened? Had he been made the object of some cruel joke? He went to the pool as directed, washed and then fell to his knees as he opened his eyes to a world of light he had never before seen! He sat there in stunned silence drinking in the sights, feeling entirely disoriented.
He began making his way back to his usual spot. He wanted to find the man who had made the mud, but he was stopped by those who recognized him…recognized him, but couldn’t believe their eyes. Was this really the beggar? The man who had been born blind? He assured them that their eyes didn’t deceive them. No one could explain what had happened and they took him to the synagogue to get some answers.
The Pharisees heard the commotion as the man was propelled to the synagogue, then listened skeptically as the story unfolded. Some refused to believe he had ever been blind; others refused to acknowledge this miracle given that it took place on the sabbath. They quizzed him, brought in his parents to verify his identity, yet still demanded he denounce the miracle-worker. I love the newly sighted man’s chutzpah. “Why do you want to hear the story again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” His bold affirmation of his healer earns him a curse and eviction from the synagogue.
On this day that was sure to have produced a whirlwind of emotions in this man, Jesus then shows up and simply asks him if he would like to know the One who has healed him. Talk about redundant question…of course he would! Jesus identified himself and the man does not hesitate to worship him. This man, who had been blind all of his life, had the ability to recognize the Messiah when those who had never suffered from physical blindness, remained in the dark.
Jesus has done something even better than to provide eyesight to all those who follow him—he has given us a new heart and ability to see spiritual light. We too were in the dark, until one day Jesus showed up and told us we could be washed clean—through his sacrificial work on our behalf. Some will ridicule; some will write us off. People’s response to the miracle done in our lives is not our concern; boldly sharing is. Let’s be like this man, born without eyesight so that God could show up his glory, providing a ready and bold testimony to what Jesus has done for us, in us and through us!
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!