Day 25 (March 21), John 9:1-23
Context: While still in Jerusalem, Jesus sees a man born blind from birth. His disciples wonder who had sinned to trigger the blindness but Jesus says no one sinned, he was blind to display the works of God, and then Jesus heals him!! In a rather interesting fashion that involves the Pool of Siloam (which is the same pool the chief priest gathered his water from on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles). It’s also the 6th sign, or attesting miracle of Jesus, recorded in John’s narrative. The man’s friends and neighbors debate if it really is the same man and the Jewish leaders are incredulous claiming it’s really just ‘fake news.’ They bring in the man’s parents who, out of fear of the Jewish leaders, tell them their son should speak for himself.
Observations: This man did not ask Jesus to be healed (that we know) so why did Jesus heal him? Think through the man’s involvement … what was it like and what was he thinking as he traveled, still blind, to the Pool of Siloam? When God does a ‘work’ in someone’s life, why is it that some believe and others do not? Why is it sometimes so difficult to believe when others will reject us?
Application: Consider a way you can increase your faith in God’s work today. Do you need to ask him to do something that ‘only Jesus can do?’. If God wants you to be part of that work, are you open and willing to do it?
Prayer: Ask the Lord for a ‘new story’ in your life and in the lives of those connected to Evergreen. Ask Jesus to help us be his hands, feet and voice as the fears and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 intensify in the days and weeks ahead.