“‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they demanded. He replied, ‘The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.’ ‘Where is the man?’ they asked him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. Jesus said, ‘I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.'”
John 9:10-11, 39, NIV
The stage is set for a great miracle. Our Lord encounters one who has never known light – a man blind from birth – and miraculously gives him sight and light. As he begged outside the temple, the blind man heard someone cry, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then in the unusual silence that followed, he heard the man kneel close to him and gently spit upon the ground. He felt gentle hands apply the damp clay to his eyes and heard the words, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.”
He must have had some idea that he was creating a scene as he made his way to Siloam. His heart began to pound with the swelling possibility that he might receive his sight. “What if this really works?” Then, incredibly, as he washed in Siloam, light poured into his being. He could see!
He never had to return to his begging post again! As he began to see clearly, he looked intently at the faces of the voices he had known and began to shout, “I can see! I can see!” What a beautiful miracle!
Jesus came to the man, and his conversion (verses 35-38) was an even greater miracle in his life, for now he had spiritual light. He could now see with his heart.
The way to see is essentially a willingness to admit we are blind. The beggar did not argue with Christ. He acknowledged his blind condition and need. He submitted himself to the hand of Christ and was obedient – and then came the miracle so that he saw with his eyes and with his heart. This is the transforming power of Christ!
QUESTION: We all have certain areas of our lives we “keep in the dark.” What is a dark area in your life? What can Christ do to illuminate and heal this?