One of my favorite stories in the bible can be found in the ninth chapter of John.
It tells a wonderful story of when a man born blind meets Jesus. Believers can use this story as a testimony even today of the very same experience we had when we were blind.
One day, Jesus and His disciples were moving about, when He saw a man, blind since birth. The disciples asked Jesus who sinned, the parents or the man since he was born blind. Jesus answered and told them neither but that the work of God would be revealed in him.
Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with his saliva in the soil. He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Well this man had nothing at all to lose so he went to the pool, washed, and came back seeing! Now take a moment right here and realize what a miraculous moment this was for that man! Can you even imagine?
So all these people from the area saw him and were amazed. Some were asking, “Isn’t that the blind fellow that’s always sitting out there begging? Look, he can see!” Others said,”Yeah that’s him” while some others must have been saying, “Well it could be someone who just looks like him.” The man who was blind is probably really animated at this point trying to convince everyone saying, “It’s me! It’s really me!” All the people were asking what happened to him that he could now see. He told them a man named Jesus put some clay on his eyes and told him to wash it off, and then he received his sight. So with that, they took him to the religious leaders known as the Pharisees because it was the Sabbath and that was a really big no-no.
So the Pharisees also asked the man how he received his sight, and he repeated the story to them as he had told the community. Being so strict, they felt that Jesus could not be sent from God because it was the Sabbath and God would not allow such a healing on this day. There was division among them though because what sinner could perform such a miracle, no matter what day it was? The Pharisees went back and forth even going so far as to call the man’s parents in to confirm the healing. The parents were afraid of being excommunicated from the synagogue and I can’t help but chuckle to myself when I read that they replied, ” Yes, he’s our son, yes he was blind since birth, but we don’t know what happened. He’s grown, let him speak for himself!” Ha! The Pharisees gave glory to God but still insisted that Jesus must be a sinner since He was walking around healing people on the Sabbath.
And here’s my favorite part and a hallelujah moment. He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” -John 9:25 NKJV
Maybe you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your savior yet and are living life as you choose. Maybe you know things just aren’t quite right but you don’t have a clue of what to do to change. Maybe you want to change but you feel weighed down by friends and associates that might view you differently. That’s a bunch of maybes but that’s just what is known as walking in darkness. No, it’s not necessarily some psychological diagnosis or witchcraft. It’s everyday sin and confusion in knowing that there has to be something better in this world for you. For believers, it’s the memory of the days when your life was filled with all kinds of sinful activity. It didn’t feel like sin at the time but at some point in your life and for some reason, you called on the Lord for help and He heard you. Now we know that our Heavenly Father loved us enough to send His only son to bridge the gap between us.
Once Jesus touches you, life is never the same. Like the man who washed in the pool of Siloam, we can say with joy, peace and excitement, “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” I was blind to how he produces joy when you would have sorrow. I was blind to the fact that He offers peace during troubled times. I was blind to how He always makes a way. But now I see. If you haven’t made the decision yet, don’t wait any longer. Jesus can make your life so much better. He’s light in darkness. Take one day at a time, study His word and one day you will look back and never regret making Jesus your choice.