What Jesus Did! 'How Do We View People?' — John 9:1-3

Saturday, June 28, 2014

While Jesus was walking, he saw a blind man. This man had been blind since the time he was born. Jesus' followers asked him, "Teacher, this man was born blind. But whose sin made him be born blind? His own sin, or his parents' sin?" Jesus answered, "It is not this man's sin or his parents' sin that made him be blind. This man was born blind so that God could use him to show what great things God can do."
— John 9:1-3
Illustration of John 9:1-3 — "Teacher, this man was born blind. But whose sin made him be born blind? His own sin, or his parents' sin?"

Key Thought

If you look carefully in this chapter, you will find a number of different ways we sometimes look at people and dehumanize them for our own benefit. Jesus reminds that each person is someone made in God's image, whom God personally created, and in whom the work of God needs to be done!

Today's Prayer

Lord God, maker of all things and all people, give me greater sensitivity in the way that I treat others so that it more perfectly reflects your desire to work in each life to bless that person and bring that person to your grace and glory! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

While Jesus was walking, he saw a blind man. This man had been blind since the time he was born. Jesus' followers asked him, "Teacher, this man was born blind. But whose sin made him be born blind? His own sin, or his parents' sin?" Jesus answered, "It is not this man's sin or his parents' sin that made him be blind. This man was born blind so that God could use him to show what great things God can do. While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One that sent me. The night is coming. And no person can work at night. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." After Jesus said this, Jesus spit on the dirt and made some mud with it. Jesus put the mud on the man's eyes. Jesus told the man, "Go and wash in the pool Siloam." (Siloam means "Sent.") So the man went to the pool. He washed and came back. Now he was able to see. Some people had seen this man begging before. These people and the man's neighbors said, "Look! Is this the same man that always sits and begs?" Some people said, "Yes! He is the one." But other people said, "No, he is not the same man. He only looks like him." So the man himself said, "I am the man {that was blind before}." The people asked, "What happened? How did you get your sight?" The man answered, "The man that people call Jesus made some mud. He put the mud on my eyes. Then Jesus told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went to Siloam and washed. And then I could see." The people asked the man, "Where is this man (Jesus)?" The man answered, "I don't know."

John 9:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

Then God said, "Now let's make man. We will make people as a copy of ourselves. People will be like us. They will rule over all the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. They will rule over all the large animals and all the little things that crawl on the earth." So God made people in his own image. God made people as a copy of himself. God made them male and female.

Genesis 1:26-27

People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish. People have already tamed all these things. But no person can tame (control) the tongue. It is wild and evil. It is full of poison that can kill. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father (God), but then we curse (say bad things to) people. And God made those people like himself. Those praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? No! My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives? No! Can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water.

James 3:7-12

Lord, you made my whole body. You knew all about me while I was still in my mother's body. Lord, I praise you! You made me in an amazing and wonderful way. I know very well that what you did is wonderful! You know all about me. You watched my bones grow while my body took shape, hidden in my mother's body. You watched my body parts grow. You listed them all in your book. You watched me every day. Not one of them {is missing}.

Psalm 139:13-16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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