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John 9

Father, every bit of the person You’d have me to be, I long to be.

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It’s happened before–John 4–Samaritan woman at the well–probably happened a lot: An individual encounters you, Jesus, and as time passes in interaction with You or some sort of connection, the person’s perceptions of You are altered.  They transform into beliefs, worship, devotion, obedience.  How cool to get to see it unfold!

Here’s a blind man just hanging out, most likely at his usual spot for begging.  You come by, Jesus.  You notice him and so do Your disciples. They pose a question which causes Your life and the blind man’s life to intersect.  The result of this encounter was for him miraculous and for You an opportunity to glorify Your Father.

It’s cool to “hear” how the man, who can now see, progresses in his description of You:

1)  “the man they call Jesus” (v 11) seems to imply he knew about You, but this was the first he’d been acquainted with You.  He doesn’t seem at ease enough to just say “Jesus made some mud…”

2)  When questioned about the person who had opened his eyes, he described You with “He is a prophet (v 17), recognizing you as someone prominent, with some authority, some special place with God.

3)  Later the Pharisees bring up a question about Your spiritual status, claiming to know You were a sinner.  The once-blind man kept himself neutral on that part saying “whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know. I was blind but now I see!” (v 25).  Kind of like saying, “I have no clue the condition of his heart or standing with God; I only know what a wonderful thing He did for me!”  He recognized Your power.

4)  Further into the discussion, the man who can now see, amazed at the Pharisee’s bewilderment concerning Jesus, says, “If this man were not from God, He could do nothing” (v. 33).  He recognized the source of Your power and authority.

5)  And then that special moment comes!  A nexus has formed between You and this man whose sight was restored and his life will never be the same.  He reaches the point of saying, Lord, I believe,” (v 38) and he worshipped You.

As I journey with you, You reveal Yourself in various ways, allowing me to know You better and better.  May my life continually be an offering of praise as You make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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