Monday Morning: 04 Feb 2019 – John 9:1-23 ~ born blind

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 9:1-23 (NLT)

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?”

He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!”

“Where is he now?” they asked.

“I don’t know,” he replied.

Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.

Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”

The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”

The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”
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Morning Reflection:

The Cause and Effect of Sin.

In today’s reading, the disciples are trying to understand the cause and effect of sin? And so they ask Jesus: “Why was this man born blind?” Whose sin caused this man’s blindness?

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered.
“This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”
– John 9:3

Once again, Jesus uses his miraculous power (healing a man born blind) to illustrate a universal principle – apart from Jesus Christ – we are all born spiritually blind.

While I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
– John 9:5

So what is Jesus trying to teach us about the cause and effect of sin?

+ Because of Adam’s sin, spiritual light was turned off and the world has fumbled around in spiritual darkness ever since.

+ Only Jesus – the light of the world” – can heal the world’s spiritual blindness, i.e. turn our spiritual light back on.

+ In healing this man physically and the world figuratively, Jesus displays the glory of God.

+ It’s easy to get lost in the details of the miracle, and miss the larger point that Jesus makes – “I am the light of the world.”

Because we know the end of the story, we know that Adam’s sin caused us to be born spiritually blind and Jesus paid the price to turn our spiritual light back on.

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,
so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 5:21

Questions for consideration:

  • Can you remember a time when you were physically fumbling around in the darkness? What happened?
  • Can you remember a time when you were spiritually fumbling around in the darkness? What happened?
  • Was there a time when Jesus turned on the light on spiritually in your life? Can you describe your experience?
  • Can you describe your experience of walking in spiritual light, while living in a world of spiritual darkness?

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Morning Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Fill me with your Light and Life. Dispel any darkness within me, and illumine the world around me – that that I might live as a child of the light, and walk confidently the path you set before me, to the glory of your name. Amen.
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“I Am The Light of the World” – Blind Gary Davis (recorded in 1935)

Just as long as I’m in this world
I am the light of this world
Just as long as I’m in this world
I am the light of this world

Oh, you don’t believe in Jesus
And not a word He said
When He come all way down to Lazarus’ grave
And raised him from the dead

Oh, I’ve got fiery fingers
I’ve got fiery hands
And when I get up in heaven
Gonna join that fiery band

Oh, shout around all that you want to
For I ain’t gonna be here long
‘Cause my soul is anchored in Jesus
And the world can’t do me no harm

Oh, well, prayer is the key of heaven
And faith unlocks the door
That’s why my God gave me the key
And He told me to carry it everywhere I go

Oh, I know I’ve been converted
God knows I ain’t ashamed
For the Holy Ghost is my witness
And the angels done signed my name
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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