Would you rather experience a miracle or live with the status quo? What if the miracle came with the cost of ridicule or rejection?
His day began as every other day. His parents led him to the temple gates where he sat down to beg. It was a beautiful day. He could feel the sun shining on his face. He could hear the voices of people talking as they walked past him. Having never been able to see, he would sit there listening to voices and try to picture what people might look like. When people stopped to talk to him, he would ask lots of questions and he learned how to identify the accent of people who walked past him. One day he heard some voices that he hadn’t heard before. They sounded like Galileans. As he listened, he realized they were talking about him. He didn’t have to listen, he knew they were wondering what sins he or his parents had done to cause his blindness. He had heard this conversation many times before.
But then he noticed that they were quiet. He could sense they were still standing next to him. After talking about him like a theological object lesson, were they now actually going to give him some money? Then he heard one of them spit on the ground, and stir up the dirt. Were they going to throw rocks at him? Then someone was touching him, someone was touching his eyes and rubbing dirt or something on them. His eyes stung from the dirt. Then he heard this person say to him, “Go, and wash in the Pool of Siloam”. As he struggled to his feet, he turned toward the person who had rubbed clay on his eyes, asked his name. The person replied “Jesus”.
Somebody took him by the arm and led him to the Pool of Siloam. There, kneeling beside the water he washed the gritty clay out of his eyes and off his face. As he wiped the water off his face, he knew that he had received a miracle! Not only could he see shapes, and light, but he could recognize objects that he had previously only known by their shape and texture. He had depth perception; he could walk and not stumble or trip over things.
He hurried home. It took some convincing to prove to his neighbors that he really was the same person who they had led as a blind man to the temple gates that morning. When they finally grasped what had happened, they brought him to the Pharisees. He couldn’t comprehend the Pharisee’s stubbornness. They were totally unwilling to believe that a man born blind could see. Their rejection and insults, because he experienced a miracle, hurt almost as much as the words some people said to him when he sat at the temple gate begging.
Earlier that day when he came home, you should have seen the delight and happiness on his parents face to know that their son could see. But now standing in front of the Pharisees, he could see the agony on their face. They were respectable people in the community, and he watched them stifle their joy and gratitude to stoically maintain their standing in town.
He received another miracle that day!. Just after the Pharisees cast him out of the temple, Jesus found him! As he looked into Jesus’ face, the face of the one who had restored his sight, he learned that Jesus was the Son of God. He discovered that the one who created clay, the one who formed him out of clay, had taken clay to restore his sight. Jesus opened his eyes to see the Kingdom of God. From that moment on he walked in the glorious experience of God’s gracious light, mercy and forgiveness. From that day on he worshiped the Lord!
Once again Jesus had done the work of His Father who sent him. A person with an eternal soul just like you entered into God’s Kingdom that day.
God still works miracles!
Jesus still works miracles! Jesus still opens blind eyes! Jesus still brings substantial emotional and physical healing into people’s lives! Bring him your trials, your tears, your pain, your sickness. Come to Jesus in all your need!
Bring to Jesus your friends or coworkers trials, tears, pain or sickness. God is ready to miraculously meet anyone’s need with his abundant riches, wonderful grace, and unlimited power!
God isn’t surprised by what is happening in anybody’s life. Trust God to work miraculously in your life and in your friends and coworkers lives.
Don’t let worry enter your life. Live above the anxious cares about your personal needs. People everywhere seem to worry about making a living, but your heavenly Father knows your every need and will take care of you. Each and every day he will supply your needs as you seek his kingdom passionately, above all else. So don’t ever be afraid, dearest friends! Your loving Father joyously gives you his kingdom realm with all its promises! (Luke 12:29-32 Passion Translation)