“‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they asked. 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.’” John 9:10-11
“Oh, without prayer what are the church’s agencies, but the stretching out of a dead man’s arm, or the lifting up of the lid of a blind man’s eye? Only when the Holy Spirit comes is there any life and force and power.” Charles Spurgeon
- Dear, precious sister, reading the book of John has been so powerful, hasn’t it? Today we are reading John 9 and focusing on the miracle-working power of Jesus! Find your special place where you meet with the Lord and read the entire ninth chapter of John and then read Acts 9:3-9 NIV and verse 17 in NKJV.
Opening Blind Eyes
In John 9, we read about the blind man whom Jesus healed by making a concoction of mud and saliva and placing it on his eyes. Jesus then instructed him to wash. The man’s obedience resulted in his sight: “So the man went and washed, and came home seeing” (John 9:7). This miracle is still being performed today in the lives of every believer.
Before we were saved by God’s grace, we all had blind eyes. When we were lost to sin, or rather living in our former life, we could not fathom God’s great love for us or understand His words to us in Scripture. A spiritual phenomenon had to happen: we first had to surrender to the need for a savior, seek forgiveness of sins, and ask to be made clean. It is at conversion that we encounter the living Christ, inviting Him into our lives and receiving His Spirit. This Holy Spirit, the third member of the triune God, is sent to live inside us and seals us as being born again into God’s family.
Before this transformation, we aren’t able to comprehend the mysteries of God. It is the same Jesus from John 9 who opens up our blind eyes to see Him and to see what He is doing. God’s Word says when we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). As we actively grow as Christ followers and feed on Scripture, our eyes are opened to perceive the deep things of God. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2). “But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil” (Hebrews 5:14 AMP). We must exercise our spiritual sight by walking in faith, studying the Bible, attending corporate worship services, and committing to a body of believers. These disciplines develop in us the ability to see God at work, to recognize His voice, and ultimately mature in our Christian walk.
Let’s look at Acts 9 to learn about the life-changing conversion of the Apostle Paul, a committed persecutor of the first Christians. He was on a journey to Damascus to threaten, kill, and imprison followers of the Way:
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything…Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized. (Acts 9:1-9, 17-18 AMP).
Jesus has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light, and wants to give us eyes to see Him! Like Paul, listen to His voice and be transformed.
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- What consumes your daily vision? What we look at and spend our time on becomes our reality. The enemy wants us to be distracted by the things of this world. Take a minute to do an inventory. If you are convicted about not putting God first, commit to daily Bible reading, prayer, and meditation, singing hymns and praise songs, and choosing Christian reading material for yourself and your children.
- We can ask the Lord to heal our near-sightedness. If you know the Lord as your Savior but want to have the scales fall from your eyes, draw near to God, and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).
Don’t lose sight of Jesus as you navigate this fallen world. Scripture reminds us that we are set apart: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). It should be our joy to share Jesus with others and to tell them about what we see with our new eyes!
Pray for others to have a true glimpse of Jesus in you. Pray for your family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, that every blind eye will be opened and every hard heart softened.