What Jesus Did! 'Beyond Appearances' — John 9:8-12

Sunday, July 1, 2018

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 9:8-12 NLT
Illustration of John 9:8-12 NLT — "I don't know."

Key Thought

How often have you judged someone simply based upon his or her appearance? The folks who were supposed to be the neighbors of this man Jesus healed knew him only as a label. That label was based upon his physical blindness and his need to beg. They never spent enough time to move beyond the label to the man. They didn't know him, only his label. They didn't bother to befriend him because he was a blind beggar. Before we get too self-righteous, let's ask how different we are! We all need to ask ourselves: Do I make unfair assumptions about people based on external appearances? Do I use labels to push people away so that I do not have to deal with them in everyday life?

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive me. I confess that many times I do not view people like you do. I find myself too easily dismissing them based on external appearances so I don't have to involve myself in their lives. Father, I don't want to waste my time worrying with folks that are chronically dependent and don't want to change. However, dear Father, I don't want to neglect blessing anyone who needs to experience your grace that you send my way. Please give me the wisdom to know how to balance the two responses so that I do what you would have me do in the life of anyone I meet. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:16-17
  • James 2:12-13
  • Luke 10:29-37


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.