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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 8, 2015
In the Scripture reading today, Jesus answered his disciples, “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him.” With a new perspective perhaps you can see the power of God in your fear, suffering, or problems.
Jesus has the power to help us deal with our suffering. When you suffer from a disease, tragedy, or disability, try not to ask, “Why did this happen to me,” or “What did I do wrong?” Instead, ask God to give you strength for the trial and a clearer perspective on what is happening. (NLT)
John 9:1-17 – As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Teacher,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?”
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smoothed the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing!
His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Is this the same man—that beggar?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, but he surely looks like him!” And the beggar kept say, “I am the same man!”
They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?”
He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and smoothed it over my eyes and told me, ‘God to the pool of Siloam and wash off the mud.’ I went and washed, and now I can see!”
“Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied.
Then they took the man to the Pharisees. Now as it happened, Jesus had healed the man on a Sabbath. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He smoothed the mud over my eyes, and when it was washed away, I could see!”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
Then the Pharisees once again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “This man who opened your eyes—who do you say he is?”
The man replied “I think he must be a prophet.”
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 (NIV)
I want to share a portion of Sherry Elliott’s (Tennessee) story with you:
“Jesus is asking all of us to open our eyes and see differently. He wants us to remove our blinders and to look closely and lovingly at people and situations around us. Have we failed to see that a neighbor is struggling? Have we been second-guessing a co-worker’s motivations or frustrated by a church member’s actions without realizing we are the ones in the dark? Jesus encourages us to wipe away our spiritual blindness and gain a new vision. When we live in Christ, we can shed some light on what we might otherwise fail to see.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christ gives us new vision to spread his light to the world.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, you are the light of the world. Remove our blinders so we can see your truth. Help us to be a reflection of your light. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY BLIND
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