Then 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.” So, the man went and washed and came back seeing! John 9:6-7
With another man, Jesus used spit without mud and healed him in two phases. First, the man saw people walking around, looking like trees. Again, Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes and his sight was fully restored. The Bible doesn’t tell us how Jesus healed Bartimaeus’s blindness. In Matthew 9, Jesus healed two blind men by touching their eyes.
We can’t rehearse and replicate miracles, with or without mud.
My definition of blindness: Things were right in front of me, but I didn’t see them.
I’m fascinated by the spiritual blindness all of us live in.
But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness. 1 John 2:11
Apart from God’s love living in me, it’s impossible to love anyone. My version of love will always have biases and blind spots.
Jesus wants to heal our spiritual blindness…
- So, we can see God.
- So, we can see each other’s hearts.
- So, we can see ourselves as God sees us.
As I was writing this journal I paused and watched videos of people getting their sight for the first time. I shed joyful tears with them when they finally could see their loved ones and the beauty all around.
Perhaps we’re angry and frustrated, but it’s because we’re stumbling blind and we don’t know it. How many times I’ve been frustrated with someone, only to discover I was the problem. How many times I didn’t realize until after someone died how much they loved me.
“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty.
But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.”
Without Jesus, all of us are living in the dark. No amount of righteous effort or degrees in theology will heal our blindness.
Like a car’s windshield, our spiritual eyes get dirty and smudged, distorting the world we see. Daily I ask Jesus to heal our sight so we can see.