In today’s put on passage we see Jesus putting mud on the blind man’s eyes. John 9:1-15 recounts the story of a man born blind who met Jesus near the pool of Siloam. The disciples asked Jesus, who sinned that this man was born blind? Jesus answered no one’s sin caused his blindness as his healing will show God’s great work. Jesus was making the point that until He came the world, it was a place of darkness, bound by sin but He came with the light of salvation for all who would believe. In John 9:5 Jesus proclaims He is light, 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he made mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes and told him to go wash. He went and washed and could see.
Neighbors questioned him, Are you the blind man? He insisted he was the former blind man. They wanted to know how it happened. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” Then they wanted to know where this Jesus was and the man said did not know. 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
I love this story as we see Jesus using the man’s blindness as a metaphor for the spiritual darkness of the people. Jesus put mud on the man’s eyes and he was able to see when he washed it away. He gained light in his dark world. Jesus was making the point that He was and is the light of the world and if we want to see, have spiritual clarity, we need to come to Him. Jesus alone has the healing prescription for our souls. The mud covered the darkness of the man’s eyes and when removed he could see. Likewise, Jesus’ blood covers the darkness of our sin and when washed by His blood we are able to see Him and receive His light into our lives.
Do you have an area that is muddy in your life that needs to be washed? Are you seeing the true light of life fully or do you need to get out some Windex and clean up your soul? The ‘Windex’ of God is Jesus’ living water that will clean any amount of dirt from our souls! John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” Want to be clean and filled with His living water? Confess and repent before Jesus and He will cleanse you. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Get rid of the mud today so you can see clearly the light of Jesus. His light is the light of life!