January 5, Sunday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought (new) is written by an anonymous believer who attends an AMI church in E. Asia. 

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“The Journey”

John 9:1-9

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”) So the man went and washed and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”  

A year ago, on a cold rainy day, I sat in the doctor’s office and I watched him scold my mom, over the phone, about why she didn’t get a health check before delivering me many years ago. He hung up the phone and wrote these few words that forever changed my life: “Diagnosed with Hepatitis B”.

In this story, Jesus healed this blind man in an unusual way. “He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva and put it on the man’s eyes and asked him to wash in the Pool of Siloam, which means sent” (John 9:6-7). Why did Jesus use such a troublesome way to heal this man? 

If we look at Jesus’s words, he declared three things. First was this man’s identity. He was not blind because he had a cursed life. Second was his life’s purpose. This happened so that God’s work could be displayed. Third was to declare that Jesus was the light of the world. After declaring these things, Jesus commanded this blind man to go and wash his eyes. If we read the text carefully, Jesus did not mention anything about giving him sight. Rather, he wanted the blind man to “see” something greater: his real identity and that Jesus was the true light. 

For a blind man, covered with mud and saliva, the trek to the Pool of Siloam was not an easy journey. In addition to not being able to see, he likely encountered many mocking him and he himself probably faced doubts. Every step he took was a choice to continue to believe in Jesus. However, every step forward brought him closer to the heart of Jesus. As we read in verse 8 and 9, his healing journey became a testimony to many: He himself insisted, “I AM the (blind) man”. His story of being blind was no longer an unbearable shame but a reflection of God’s glory.

This story resonates with my testimony.  Carrying this dreadful virus from birth made me wonder if my life was destined for disaster. As I write this, I’m still dealing with this sickness, but I am on my journey to the Pool of Siloam.  Like anyone struggling with a disease, I long to be healed right away. But if this journey is what takes to reveal God’s great work, isn’t totally worth it? After all, at the end of the day, everything will fade away, but Jesus is the only light that remains. 

Prayer: Father, tough times can be unbearable, but we have a reason to rejoice. It’s all because we in Christ are Your children and You love us. Thank You for using something bad in me and turning it into an exciting journey to get closer to Your heart. We pray that the Holy Spirit will open our hearts and eyes to discover Your good plan in times of trouble and learn to count your goodness along with each high and low. We know we are always safe in your hands. Thank you, Father!

Bible Reading for Today: John 6 (Luke 19)

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