How Jesus Makes a Worshiper

You should go read John 9. Right now. Like, stop reading this post and read John 9 then come back. It is an AWESOME story!

My pastor has been preaching through John and, lately, we’ve been in the 9th chapter. Right after Jesus identifies Himself as the Light of the World in chapter 8, the narrative introduces us to a blind man begging on the street. Imagine being born blind, never seeing the bright blue sky or the deep green grass. Then again, if you’d never had the gift of sight you wouldn’t have known what you were missing. You may have only heard descriptions of blue skies and green grass. There probably would be a deep longing in your  heart, a profound wishing that you could lay eyes on what people had been describing to you.

Though there’s tons going on in this chapter, I want to focus on the result of Jesus’ miraculous healing in this blind man’s life. After washing in the pool of Siloam, as he was instructed, the blind man was swept away by the Pharisees. The religious readers demanded explanations, wanting to discredit the amazing work that Jesus had just accomplished. Now, think, this guy JUST became a believer and he was thrown into a den of wolves. But, what did the formerly blind man do? Boldly proclaim the Gospel and defend his faith. Once the Pharisees had enough of the truth, they threw the man back out into the street.

The most beautiful portion of this chapter, to me, is John 9:35-38.
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.” (ESV)

THAT is how Jesus makes a worshiper. He touches our spiritual blindness with glorious sight. We all are blindly, fumbling around in the darkness trying to see what it is we have been missing – reconciliation with our Father in Heaven. That reconciliation, that joyous peace, is only possible when Christ – our Savior – seeks and saves those who are lost. Those who are blind. Those who, until that moment of salvation, had no idea what they’d been missing. May you be blessed with sight!

1 Comment

  1. Bek on June 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, good word, Victoria! Thank you for sharing this great insight. Miss you tons!

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