Journey Group Devotional, 10/9/15
John 9:11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So when I went and washed I received my sight.”
The miraculous sign recorded in John 9 is, of course, further evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. While it illustrates His power and compassion, it also provides an important picture of what Christ wants to do in us and through us. Just like salvation, the effects were visible. No more stumbling and falling. No more need for help in crossing roads or streams. No more need to beg from others.
Here’s a few thoughts from the text that apply to us today.
His neighbors were the first to know something had happened.
Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37) and His answer came in the form of the parable we know as the Good Samaritan. From this, we understand that a neighbor is the person nearest us with a need.
His answers were simply based on what he knew.
When asked, “How did He do this?”, the man simply stated the facts and he was not afraid to say, “I don’t know”.
His answers deepened as his understanding increased.
Continually questioned by the Pharisees, his understanding of who it was that healed him increased. Note the progression:
- A man called Jesus (vs.11)
- A prophet (vs.17)
- A man sent from God (vs.33)
- Messiah (vs.38)
His answers always pointed toward Christ
The man obviously recognized that what happened to him was a miracle and a gift, just like our salvation. The Bible tell us nothing more about this man, but I doubt he kept quiet about it. Perhaps he ran back to his neighbors the same way Andrew ran to his brother Peter, saying, “I have found the Messiah!” (John 1:41)
We are all somewhere in the process of spiritually maturing. But we also have neighbors who are spiritually blind and need Jesus. Let Christ be seen through your life. Be ready to share what you know – what He’s done for you. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”. And always, always point them to Jesus, the only One who can open blind eyes.
Remember, your pastors are here to equip you as ambassadors for Christ and help you grow. Our prayer for you is Philemon 4-6. ~ Selah
P.S. When you talk to them, why not invite your neighbors to come with you to your Journey Group and meet some of your believing friends?