When reading John 9, the story of Jesus healing the blind beggar one word
comes to mind and that is "Awakening." As we question occurrences in
life that we cannot understand, the Pharisees did not believe that Jesus could
heal this man. Because of strict Jewish law of not working on the way Sabbath
Jesus had broken the law by healing the blind man. Therefore in their eyes he
could not be "of God" or "the Messiah."
I have recently had an "Awakening" of my own. Last
August I became physically weak, exhausted and dehydrated. Thinking that the
summer heat was my problem I did not think so much about it. But when my vision
started to fail I knew that I had a serious problem.
I went to my doctor and was diagnosed with diabetes. I must
admit that I was frightened because there is no history of the disease in my
family. Through medications, a strict diet, and prayer I with God's help was
able to change my health. Then after five months my vision improved greatly and
I had been "Awakened" to the benefits of healthier eating and
When the Pharisees questioned the blind man about Jesus'
ability to heal, he responded "I do not know if Jesus is good or bad, but
I was blind and now I can see."
Through Jesus' example we can learn about our faith
being important to understand and that Jesus was the "Son of God."
He did have God's will to heal. Jesus told the blind beggar,
"I have come into the world to give sight to those who are spiritually
blind, and to show those who think they see, that they are blind."
I pray that in this most holy season that we will all be
"Awakened" to Jesus's gift if dying for our sins!