John 9:1-41 (click for full reading)
“… He (Jesus) said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ Who is he sir?'” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen Him; … Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him.
Here’s Mud in Your Eye
(Click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
In this passage we meet one of the most famous people in the whole bible. People are still talking about this man two thousand years after he lived. Was he a king? Was he a powerful political figure? Did he inherit a famous family name? No, no and no. In fact, to this day, we have no idea what this man’s name was! The way he is introduced in John’s gospel is simply as the “blind beggar.”
This man is famous because Jesus found him and changed his life. Jesus spit in the dirt and made mud, which he then smeared on this man’s eyes. In this somewhat gross miracle, the man receives the gift of sight. By the end of the story, the man has also received an even more precious gift, the gift of faith.
I encourage you to read this amazing passage for yourself. If you would appreciate some guidance, just click on the sermon link above as I walk through this story verse by verse in this message. Jesus finds this blind beggar not once but twice in this story. Jesus appeared determined to give this man a gift even more precious than sight. Jesus is determined that you receive this gift as well.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss:
1. The man in this story is defined by his disability. Does that still happen today?
2. When you spend time with this story what affects you more, what Jesus says or what He does?
3. The religious leaders did not like the way Jesus ignored the Sabbath laws. How might some of our own religious traditions be perceived as barriers by people outside of the church?
Jesus noticed the man born blind when so many others chose not to see this man. This week you are challenged to “go out of your way” to notice someone in need you may not have seen otherwise. If you don’t already know it, learn the name of that person. That alone can be a blessing to both of you.