John, chapter 9, is the focus of this week's small group time. In this passage, we'll discuss the events that take place when Christ restores sight to the blind man. Thinking back to John's explanation of why the "miraculous signs" occurred, (so that others might believe), we'll talk about the impact this miracle had on those involved, as well as on those of us today. There are several points of symbolism and significance within this exchange, but one that I have found to be personally intriguing is the evolution of acknowledgment that we see in this man.
First, in 9:11, the man is asked "who did this to you?" He replies with a reference to "the man...." A stranger, a chance encounter with extraordinary "man".
Next, in 9:17, when reminded of what had been done, "it was your eyes he opened," he responded by calling Christ a "prophet." More than a man, but less than divine. A man of God with special gifts perhaps.
Finally, in 9:38, following a personal encounter with Christ Himself, and when discussed in the context of belief, the man referred to Christ as "Lord".
I keep wondering if that's an example of how we might come to a relationship in Christ. Going from spiritual blindness to spiritual sight. We first see Him as a man. Then maybe He is more. When the heart is changed and the personal relationship is formed, He is our Lord.
Can't wait to go further into the scripture with everyone on Thursday. Until then, consider how this passage might relate to Romans 10:9 "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." It was made pretty simple, without rules and regulations, and the encounter with this man demonstrates it well.
"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.