What Jesus Did! 'Light to See' — John 9:5-7

Monday, June 30, 2014

"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.
— John 9:5-7
Illustration of John 9:5-7 — "Sent."

Key Thought

Jesus longs to bring us his blessings. Our most needed blessing is the sight to see things as they are and to be able to discern his will and follow it. So often we view obedience as a burden rather than a blessing. However, Jesus wants to bless us through our obedience just as he blessed the blind man. Obeying him, doing what he sends us to do, brings a much greater blessing than any burden it might entail.

Today's Prayer

O gracious and generous Father, please make my heart pliable and open to your truth. Help me move from merely understanding your will to obeying it with joy and expectation. Forgive me for being reluctant to obey when I do not fully understand why you want me to do something. In Jesus' name. 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

Jesus finished washing their feet. Then he put on his clothes and went back to the table. Jesus asked, "Do you understand what I did for you? You call me 'Teacher.' And you call me 'Lord.' And this is right, because that is what I am. I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet {like a servant}. So you also should wash each other's feet. I did this as an example for you. So you should do {for each other} like I did for you. I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than his master. The person that is sent to do something is not greater than the one that sent him. If you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.

John 13:12-17

"Not every person that says that I am his Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people that will enter the kingdom of heaven are those people that do the things that my Father in heaven wants. On the last day many people will say to me, 'You are our Lord! We spoke for you. And for you we forced out demons and did many miracles. ' Then I will tell those people clearly, 'Go away from me, you people that do wrong. I never knew you.'

Matthew 7:21-23

So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong thing you do. Be humble and accept God's teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save you. Do what God's teaching says; don't just listen and do nothing. Why? Because when you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves. If you hear God's teaching and do nothing, you are like this: You are like a man that looks at his face in the mirror. The man sees himself, but he does nothing. He goes away and quickly forgets how bad he looked. But you must not be like that. You must carefully study God's perfect law that makes people free. You must continue to study it. You must listen to God's teaching and not forget what you heard. Then you must obey what God's teaching says. When you do this, it will make you truely happy.

James 1:21-25

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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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