John 9:25b “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Night was coming and there sat a man born blind sitting and begging in the city as his neighbors usually saw him doing. Out of nowhere a man came up to him who had compassion on his physical state. This man did the oddest thing. He spit on the ground next to the blind man and made mud out of his saliva and dirt. He took the mud he made in his hands and rubbed it on the mans eyes. He then instructed the blind man, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.” So the blind man went and washed the mud off his eyes and experienced something incredible. He could now see for the first time in his life. His neighbors were so shocked, even they didn’t believe that was truly him, the blind man enjoying sight for the first time. He began to draw a lot of attention and was being bombarded by several questions of what he just experienced. They said, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” He said to them, “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 religious people began to be curious about the healing that came to the blind man and they questioned him several times asking, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” And he said to them, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again?” He had no idea what they were all arguing about and said, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
This fascinating story is found in the book of John in the 9th chapter. This man’s lifelong suffering was not wasted. Jesus used that moment to show us how powerful and merciful he is to those who sit in darkness. The story closes by Jesus finding the man who he had healed. And Jesus said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.