October 11: His Dirty Hands

Read John 9

Jesus got dirty so a blind man could see.

 (H)e spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes (v6).

The hands that made dirt on Day Three of Creation mixed mud with His spit.  Then they spread it on two blind eyes.  I imagine those eyes were not pretty.  People blind from birth usually wear sunglasses to hide the disease.  But Jesus touched the disease.  Jesus put His hands in the mud and healed the man’s ugly, diseased eyes.

 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world (v4).

The work of God is to bring light to the blind.  He was doing the Father’s work.  Jesus got dirty so the blind man could see.

He got dirty for us, too.  For the blind who think they can see but really can’t.  Like the Pharisees who asked and prodded and still just didn’t get it.

What?  Are we blind too (v40)?

Jesus let Himself get soiled through and through so that we, the spiritually blind, might see by the Light of the world.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Perfect, holy Son of God got dirty with our sin so that we could know true light.  He allowed Himself to be shunned by His Father.  The unblemished God became sin for us so that we could be clean.

Jesus didn’t mind getting His hands dirty.  In fact, that was why He came.  He made mud with some dirt and His saliva and then told the blind man to go wash.

So the man went and washed, and came home seeing (v7).

The man left blind and came home seeing.

When the light of the world gave light to the man who had physically lived in darkness his whole life, His spirit saw light too.  And when Jesus revealed Himself as Lord, the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him (v38).

He saw more in ten minutes of vision than the Pharisees had seen in a lifetime with theirs.

How about you?  How will you respond to the Light of the world?  What will you do with Jesus’ dirty hands that can heal your diseased and darkened heart?  Like the blind man, will you see Him for Who He is and worship?


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