Jesus changed all that. And I love the way he did it. Talk about detail! John tells us that Jesus “spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.” Whenever I read these words, I think about another occasion when God did something remarkable with mud. In Genesis 2:7 we read that, at the very beginning, at the creation of all things, “the LORD God formed...man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
I wonder if the two events coalesced in Jesus’ mind. After all, what he did on this more recent occasion was certainly every bit as creative as what he did on that more distant occasion.