From the story of the man who was blind from birth in John 9, we have come to hear Jesus explain that physical blindness, even from birth, is not caused by the sin of one or their parents. But in the case of Spiritual Blindness, according to John's first letter to the church, that type of blindness comes from a heart that is filled with hatred for our brothers, which allows a darkness to enter into the individuals and that darkness causes blindness to see things as God had intended. Spiritual blindness causes a person to become lost in the darkness.
Tuesday - Clay - Jeremiah 18:6
When Jesus used the clay and the spittle to bring about the healing of the man's eyes, we are reminded that God the creator of all has the ability to recreate our lives, our souls, our bodies. His power is not limited to a one-time-event but His work is finish when He is satisfied with the end results. In our scripture from Sunday we read how that Jesus recreated sight in a physical way, yet in the same story to the same man, He also recreated a Spiritual sight that allowed the man to see the Christ through a renewed vision that affected both the heart and the body. Oh for Him to recreate that vision for those among us that need to see Christ more clearly. If we would just be the clay in His hands.
Wednesday - Fearlessness - Isaiah 12:2
Have you ever noticed in the story of the blind man how he became fearless of those Pharisee and leaders that had others caught up in fear of being put out of the synagogue. Even His parents were fearful as they answered questions. But the man who had been blind, stood up challenging the Pharisees to look at Jesus as not only a good man but a prophet and later the One sent from God. He even asked if they were questioning him to get information to become Jesus' disciples as well. And looking at those words, the man who was blind shares the desire to be one of Jesus' disciples... a fearless one at that.
Thursday - Christ's Power - Acts 10:38
Peter in sharing the good news of the gospel with Cornelius and his household and friends, brought to light the truth that Jesus had been given a power from God. It was a wonder-working power to not only do good to those who needed help but healing to those who were under the power of disease, sickness, and the devil (not being one in the same). Jesus had such a power because God was with Him and Jesus only did what the Father instructed Him to do. It was a heavenly power to accomplish the very will of God for the sake of mankind both lost and those who were saved. Miracles happen in lives when Christ is allow to work. It is up to the individual to choose to receive the gift.
Friday - Divinity Acknowledged - John 4:42
As a part of the story of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman, the people from the city are encouraged to come out and meet this wonderful man, who could be the Christ. But in verse 42 their faith is made sight through hearing what Jesus had to say to them as well as what He had said to the woman earlier. The people saw Jesus but their faith was based on who they came to believe He was through the conversational relationship that developed. We read in that story that Jesus stayed for awhile with them. Jesus wants to spend time with us to bring us to that point of not just believing because of our senses, but because of our changed hearts.
Saturday - Spiritual Vision - Matthew 5:8
This statement that was made as a part of the great "Sermon on the Mount," helps us to see how at first even though the man' blindness kept him from seeing Jesus physically, Pie was gaining clarity in his spiritual vision. He saw Jesus as a great man, then as a prophet sent by God and finally as the Savior, Sent One, Christ that he wanted to follow as a disciple. He was hungry to see Jesus for who He was and to share in a time of relationship of faith that had been started through some dirt (clay) and spittle and moved on to a recreated heart filled with joy to know the One and Only Son of Man, Christ the Lord.