Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "The Touch Of Jesus".
Series: The Touch Of Jesus [#5]
A BLIND MAN
A father started to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little girl, Jessica. Finally, he tore a sheet out of his magazine on which was printed the map of the world. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Jessica, and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together." After a few minutes, Jessica returned and handed him the map correctly fitted together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly. "Oh,"she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then the world came together."
When Jesus Passes By
As Jesus passed by, He saw a man who had been blind since birth. The disciples wondered if this man’s blindness was his fault or his families’ fault. It was a common belief that a man suffered because of sin, either his own sin or his parents’ sin. The disciples were attracted to the man and wondered about him. Was he suffering because of some great sin committed by his parents, or because God had foreseen that the man would be a great sinner before he was born?
The question is often asked: How can a man who is not yet born be punished for sin he has not yet committed? Apparently, Jewish belief was that a person’s sin was foreseen; therefore, the person was “born in sins” and thereby punished.
Jesus told them that this man’s blindness was not because of his or his families sinfulness. It was so that the power of God would be seen in his life. The sufferer has a very special opportunity to show the works of God in his life. He can allow the Spirit of God to be demonstrated in a much more powerful way than a healthy person. The sufferer can show that the grace and power of God are sufficient much more than a healthy person can. Very often a person suffers not because of sin, but to give God a unique opportunity to show His works.
When Jesus Works
Jesus came to do the work of God. Who sent Jesus? God sent Him into this world to complete His mission. What was His mission? He came to seek and save the lost. He came to care for the needs of people. He came with love and compassion. He came to deliver mankind from darkness and give us spiritual sight.
Jesus’ mission was urgent. Jesus said, “We must…”. There was no option given here. Jesus also said that night was coming. Time is limited.
We must also notice that Jesus said, “We…”. We are also supposed to lead people to Jesus, who can give spiritual sight and we must do it now!
When Jesus Is Present
Jesus came to be the Light of the world. If someone wants to be delivered from the darkness, they must come to Jesus. Jesus is the only One who can give sight to the blind.
When Jesus Gives Sight
Jesus came to demonstrate the power to give sight. Notice that Jesus did not just speak the word of healing to the man. His Word alone was the method He often used in healing, but this was not the case with this man. He did much more, and by His act He demonstrated two things to the world:
1. He will do everything He can to deliver a man from darkness and give him sight.
2. He has the power to deliver man and to give him sight.
The man’s faith needed to be aroused and stirred. Jesus used two things to awaken the man’s faith.
1. He used a point of contact, the touch of His hands upon the man’s eyes. Note that He used clay made moist by spittle. People of that day believed spittle had some curing qualities, and perhaps Jesus used spittle because of this. The man’s faith would certainly be helped by thinking of its healing qualities. However, Jesus would not want the man thinking that it was spittle that cured him. The man must know beyond question that Jesus was the One who healed him. So at most the spittle would be used to stir the thoughts of healing in the man’s mind.
2. Jesus sent the man to wash in the pool of Siloam. Note the parenthesis “which is by interpretation, Sent”. Jesus was using the pool as a symbol of the Messiah who was sent by God to give sight to the world. The blind man, by obeying Jesus and going to the pool, would receive his sight. His obedience would demonstrate to the blind of the world that they, too, could receive their sight by coming to Jesus and obeying Him.