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When Tempted to Ask, Why Me? (9 of 10)
Come As You Are
March 18, 2001
Jesus saw a blind man! With that simple introduction, our text begins one of the longest miracle stories in the book. The entire ninth chapter is devoted to the event and the following after math. The Pharisees were upset again that the man had been healed on the Sabbath. Their concern was not so much for the sanctity of the Sabbath as it was respect for their rules and authority. Religious people still sometimes get upset when good things happen that they can't control. What an upside down set of priorities! Jesus also used a longer than ordinary process. He spat on the ground, made some mud, put it in his eyes, and then sent the man to a pool to wash.
According to my count this is the sixth of the seven miraculous signs that John records as evidences for faith in Jesus. John says that his whole purpose for recording these special events is that we who read about them can have access to the same saving faith as those who first witnessed them. In 20:30-31 John writes, "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." In reality this story is about you and me and trust in Jesus, not Pharisees, a blind man, mud, and the Pool of Siloam.
In these seven miracles, Jesus demonstrates his ability to meet us at the point of our greatness need. He touches our lives where we are the most helpless. Here it is not only the condition of the man that is the topic of concern; the discussion centers on why he is this way. This is often our question in the midst of life's difficult circumstances: Why? Whose fault is it? Why me?
Why is this man blind? Why was he born that way? Why is anyone blind? Few of us can understand what life would be like without sight. I ...
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