Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Remember that there is One who loves you no matter what day it is!!!
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ 3Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We* must work the works of him who sent me* while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbours and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, ‘Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?’ 9Some were saying, ‘It is he.’ Others were saying, ‘No, but it is someone like him.’ He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ 10But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ 11He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’ 12They said to him, ‘Where is he?’ He said, ‘I do not know.’
Jesus’ disciples have a wrong idea about life, and the things that sometimes happen in life – like a child who is born blind. They believe, as did many of their contemporaries, that sickness, disease, and disability were a punishment from God for sins someone committed. Don’t you know people who still think that today? Haven’t you heard people ask, “Why is God punishing me in this way?” The disciples are asking if the child (the man was born blind) was punished for his parents’ sins or somehow sinned himself before he was born. Can you imagine a God who loves us enough to send his Son to die for us being so cruel as to punish a child in the womb for his parents’ sins? Of course, there can be consequences of actions – a mother getting an infection, or not getting proper nutrition – that affect the infant, but those are not punishment. Sometimes, things just happen – it is not because “God wills it”.
Jesus says that this man’s disability was not punishment – that neither he nor his parents sinned, but that God would work through him to reveal his power. The man would see light, because Jesus is the light. And so – Jesus spit on the ground and made a mud and put it on the man’s eyes, and told him to go wash it off in the pool of Siloam. Why did Jesus make clay and put it on his eyes, rather than just speaking to him? Up until this point the man has had no part in the conversation – he neither asked for healing nor expressed faith in Jesus’ healing – perhaps, in this way, he committed himself to his own healing. He did what Jesus told him to do, and when he came back he was able to see.
He started an argument among his neighbors – some saw him and remembered him as the blind man who used to beg by the gate; others said it could not possibly be the same man! He said, “I am the man!” And they replied, “Then how were your eyes opened?” And he told the story of what happened – he testified to the power of the man called Jesus.
For each of us, Jesus has the power to impact our lives, as surely as the man who had been blind, and now could see. And when our lives are changed, we testify to the power of the man called Jesus!
And we testify to the Amazing Love of God! On this Valentine’s Day, remember that HE truly and always loves you!