By Gladys McElmore
The Jews in Jesus’ time were very concerned about Sabbath rules; therefore the Pharisees investigated this healing. First they did not believe that this was the same man who was blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples were also curious and wanted to know if sin had caused the blindness. Jesus emphatically told them that neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
What is God’s rule about work? “As long as it is day (our lifetime), we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” Having uttered these words, Jesus proceeded to heal the man born blind.
1. Jesus spat on the ground.
2. He made some mud with saliva and put it on the man’s eyes.
3. He told the man to wash in the Pool of Siloam.
After following these instructions the man washed and went home seeing! According to the Jews, what sin had been committed by Jesus? Of course it was healing on the Sabbath. They did not know that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath! Read Mark 2:27-28 to learn more about the use of the Sabbath day. According to the English Standard Bible, Jesus emphasizes that man is not to be confused by the Sabbath, but rather that the Sabbath is given as a gift to man for spiritual and physical refreshment (rest). Again Jesus demonstrates His authority as the Son of Man who is Lord over mankind and Lord of the Sabbath.
The Jews still did not believe the man who was born blind and was miraculously healed. What was done at that time? The Pharisees were still investigating at that time and were not satisfied. This same man was summoned, questioned and told to glorify God by telling the truth. Jesus had been accused of being a sinner because He healed on the Sabbath. John 9:8-12 allow us to get another view of the man who was blind from birth and his interaction with Jesus.
With God everything is possible. He is Lord of every day and all that happens to us. If any of us were blind spiritually and had no knowledge at all about God through Jesus our healer, the battles of life might be overwhelming. Like the man born blind, can all of our healing miracles be understood? We must continue not to be sidetracked by the doubts of unbelievers. God is able to do much more than we ask of Him. Let us continue to trust and glorify Him in all situations!
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.