John 9:11-16 (NLT)
He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and smoothed it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash off the mud.’ 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 to the Pharisees. Now as it happened, Jesus had healed the man on a Sabbath. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He smoothed the mud over my eyes, and when it was washed 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.
I am sometimes discouraged when I think about the brokenness of our world. There are so many of us battling disease, so many of us hurting the ones we have committed to love, so many in slavery to addictions… We all need healing in many different ways.
Jesus brought healing as a sign of His kingdom. Healing was something He did as a regular part of His interaction with the world. In this story, He reached out and gave sight to a man who had been born blind, and the response of some “religious people” to this gracious gift was to dispute its goodness! They saw the “miraculous sign” but could not see the kingdom to which it pointed.
As a follower of Jesus, I can choose to celebrate the fact that God’s healing is a sign of His kingdom. I can choose to share my hope for God’s healing with those who don’t yet see the reality of this kingdom. I can choose to pray for, and participate in, God’s healing in this world.
Lord Jesus, help me to be one who carries your healing into my world on a daily basis.
Dialog discuss: We can follow Jesus “in our heart” but not necessarily with our actions. Even after the phenomenally successful What Would Jesus Do campaign in which Christians were encouraged to ask themselves this question before every action, it seemed the Christians were more interested in asking the question than in doing what Jesus would do. Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch – ReJesus
Are Christians more interested in asking the question WWJD than in doing what Jesus would do? Identify one place where that has been true for you and then one place you did what Jesus would have done.