John 9:7 NIV 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
“If Jesus has the power and authority to heal us spiritually, then surely he has the power and authority to heal us physically and emotionally as well. So, go to the Pool of Siloam. Let’s go to the ‘sent’ One. In him, we are healed and made whole physically, emotionally, and, most importantly, spiritually… So the man born blind, in faith, goes to the Pool called ‘sent,’ washes himself, and is healed. Then something extraordinary happens that will be played out throughout the rest of John 9. The one who goes to the Pool called sent; the one who encounters the ‘sent’ One and is healed is now ‘sent’ to go and testify what God has done in his life.” (Pastor Cory)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, send us out today to boldly testify about who you are and what you have done in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship the Lord in song with “I See Him” by Frank Edwards (click here).
John 9: 11, 17, 38 (NIV) 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
“Note his developing understanding over the course of events. In verse 11 he identifies his healer only as ‘the man they call Jesus,’ but he has been mulling over the implications of the miracle since then. Now he is ready to deliver his preliminary conclusion. He does not yet realize Jesus is the expected ‘prophet like Moses,’ the Messiah (see comments on 1:21; 6:14); but he sees him in the Elijah/Elisha mold as a miracle-working prophet of God. His remarkable progression as a Jesus follower will develop from healer (v. 11) to prophet (v. 17) to one to be followed as a disciple (v. 27) to one from God (v. 33) and finally to Savior and Lord to be worshiped (v. 38).” (Grant Osborne, John Verse by Verse, p. 233).
Prayer: Lord, thank you for coming to heal and save us. By your grace, we declare, Lord, we believe. May we grow in our understanding of who you are and how we are called to live. We worship you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship the Lord in song with “Forever & Amen” by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe (click here).
John 9:6-7 NIV 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
“The idea of Jesus spitting on the ground, making a mud pack of it, and then placing the mud pack on the man’s eyes (vv. 6–7) is quite repugnant to the modern mind, which finds spitting offensive…This allowed the man to participate in the event and understand it. Many (several church fathers as well as modern scholars) see symbolic significance in the mud as an allusion to Genesis 2:7 and the creation of humankind from the dust of the earth. Jesus then is creating new sight, and this is part of the new creation (see 1:3–4), especially since this physical sight will make way for spiritual sight as the story develops.” (Grant Osborne, John Verse by Verse, pp. 230-231)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for inviting us into deeper healing in our lives. May we experience another layer of healing as we go in faith and obedience to where you call us to go. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship the Lord in song with “I Will See The Lord (Land Of The Living)” by The Emerging Sound (click here).
John 9:1-3 NIV As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
“In this case, what does Jesus do? He answers their question but not in the categories that they are using. They want an explanation for this man’s blindness. And he gives it to them. But they ask for the explanation in the categories of cause. What is it in the past that caused the blindness? But Jesus says that won’t work, and he gives them an explanation in the category of purpose. Not what’s the cause of the blindness, but what’s the purpose of the blindness? … The decisive explanation for this blindness is not found by looking for its cause but by looking for its purpose. Verse 3: Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.’ (John Piper, “Why Was This Child Born Blind?”)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be less concerned with the “why” of my physical illness and emotional pain and more with the purpose it now serves in glorifying you through my healing, ministry to others, and testimony. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship the Lord in song with “The Praise Is Yours” by Matt Redman (click here).
Let’s read aloud together the following passage, confession, and prayer:
John 12:44-46 (NIV) 44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
Cape Town Commitment: We Love the Mission of God
God commands us to make known to all nations the truth of God’s revelation and the gospel of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ, calling all people to repentance, faith, baptism and obedient discipleship… In response to God’s boundless love for us in Christ, and out of our overflowing love for him, we rededicate ourselves, with the help of the Holy Spirit, fully to obey all that God commands, with self-denying humility, joy and courage. We renew this covenant with the Lord – the Lord we love because he first loved us.
Prayer: Lord, we ask that you would open the eyes of our hearts today to see Jesus, the light of the world. May we live out our calling to be children of the light that reflect our heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship the Lord in song with “The Lord Is My Salvation” by Keith & Kristyn Getty (click here).