Testify Series: Day 17

John 9:1-41

“[Jesus] 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!” John 9:1-2

Today when reading this it hit me for the first time, when we were lost we were the blind man. I always understood the “amazing grace” part of the story, “I was blind, but now I see.”

What I never noticed was that he was still blind when Jesus put the mud on his eyes and “sent” him out to wash in the pool. He didn’t regain his sight when Jesus touched him, but after he walked by faith to wash in the pool.

Jesus calls out to us asking us if we want to be saved, it’s our job to put our faith and trust in Him.

Before this encounter Jesus warns his disciples as they are asking irrelevant questions about why the man is blind, “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.” John 9:4-5

The healed blind man then testifies in defense of Jesus while being questioned by the Pharisees and says, “Why, that’s very strange!”…”He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” John 9:30-33

Then Jesus confronts the man and he confesses his faith in Jesus.

He believed Him as healer. He received His message and publicly acknowledged Him. Then He received Him as Lord of His life. What a day!

“Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” John 9:39

2 Timothy 4:2 says, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

We must be faithful to carry out the tasks God has given each one of us to do because we don’t know when the night will come for us or Jesus will return and the door for the good news will be closed.

On average twelve of you show up here daily. That makes me so happy that the Lord would send me 12! I’d love to know if you are coming here to be encouraged, to learn more about Jesus, or just to know you are not alone as you walk through this generation because you have a sister in Christ in me. (Let me know) I’m so thankful you are here!

Until next time.

Go forth and testify!

Emily

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  1. Nelda D Sneed says:

    Sweet Emily I read you everyday. I am sick now and your words encourage me to look up. I love you and your precious family. Please continue because you are sent from our Lord and Savior ❤️

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    1. Emily says:

      I will be praying for you sweet friend. I’m so sorry you’re not well. I love you and miss seeing you! Thank you for encouraging me this morning. ❤️

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