realized; they thought it was awful and begged and cried and asked God why. But there never was an answer and there never was a cure. They just learned to live with this terrible handicap and with the stigma of being sinners. And then Jesus comes along with His disciples and for whatever reason they ask the
question and Jesus says, “No. No one sinned to make him blind. He’s this way because it’s what God wanted, and I’m finally about to show you why:”
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Notice that he once again calls Himself the Light of the world. Knowing the way to the Father and receiving salvation comes from being able to see clearly. Jesus is the Light and He lights every man that comes into the world. We are in the world but not of it and at the right time He opens our eyes and shines.
And so He says, “I have to do the works I’ve been sent to do before my time comes
I’m only i
n the earth for a short season, and
I’ve got a list of things to get done before I go.” And this
blind man is on the list.
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
I don’t know why Jesus chose this method and I don’t think there’s anyone who
really knows the meaning of any symbolism,
but there’s one
main point: Jesus is the Messiah and He makes the blind to see
(Is. 35:5). And that’s what this man will learn for himself; he feels Jesus rubbing clay on his face and then he’s away to a place called “Sent.” He washes the mud away and suddenly realizes that the
darkness is light! When he has a second to focus he realizes he can see! All the
things around him that were so hard to understand, things he didn’t even know
existed, are so plain to him now!
And he’s so excited that he runs back to find Jesus, but Jesus has already gone.
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.