“Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!” They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” John 9:6-11
It’s impossible to deny the existence of God once you’ve met him. Once you have encountered Jesus at the very depths of your life, met with him face to face, it’s impossible to ignore his presence in your life.
The man born blind can attest to this. For his whole life he was blinded physically and spiritually to the Lord. He could not see the Creator nor did he know him. Why Jesus chose to heal this man I do not know, but I do know it changed his life forever.
The way Jesus healed this man is fascinating. Spitting on the ground, making mud with his saliva, spreading it on the man’s eyes — incredible. Jesus rarely heals the same way twice. Was he just having fun in showing off that he was God or did he have a particular reason for healing this way? Spit from the mouth of most people would be pretty gross — but from the man-God who spoke the world into existence? Incredible.
Once Jesus healed the man he sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam and immediately he could see. When he was healed some questioned whether it was the same man because the transformation was so great. But he testified that he was the man and that it was Jesus who told him to “Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.” So the man went, did as he was told, and soon he could see.
It is often unexplainable how Jesus works or why he does what he does. Scholars might be able to tell us why he healed this particular man and why he did so in this fashion, but that maters less then the fact that he did heal him and he will do the same for us.
Maybe you aren’t blind physically, but perhaps there’s a brokenness in your heart. Could it be that you are distant from the Lord, have been living in sin, and need a Savior to redeem your soul? Jesus is the Great I Am. He is Healer, Teacher, Lord and Redeemer. Why not allow him to restore the broken places in your life and make you whole again?
“O Lord God, I write for your glory. I sit here and type because through this processs I encounter you. Not like the blind man, but in a similar fashion. I have my own need of salvation, but own need of healing. I have been lost and am now found, fallen but lifted up by you. Come now, Holy Spirit, make your way into my life. Help me know you fully and for my family to reap the blessings of my salvation. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen