This week I have begun looking at John 9:1-41, the story of Jesus healing a blind man by making mud and putting it on his eyes. This story begins by a disciple asking who sinned, this man or his parents? Jesus tells the disciples that he was blind so that the power of God could be displayed. After his healing this man is interrogated by the temple leaders and eventually expelled from the temple.
Jesus never does a miracle or healing the same way twice and this time is one of the great examples of Jesus creativity. He spits in the dirt, makes mud and then tells the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. When he washes in the pool he could see, a miracle, he was blind now he can see. There are interrogations and accusations from the temple establishment. They accused Jesus of breaking the sabbath, and they basically accused the man who was healed of being a liar.
Miracles are not inside our common every day box. They are by definition a bending or breaking of the natural order of the rules that we would like the world to obey. We want things to be easily controlled and understood in our very limited ways. Miracles break our “natural” order, and they make us incredibly uncomfortable because we cannot explain them. We do not experience them often, but they do happen, even today.
So this man is healed by Jesus and the kicked out of the religious establishment because his experience did not fit neatly into the categories that the temple had created. There were codes for decorum, rules on when things could be done and both Jesus and this man broke these social morays. These hard and fast social rules were destroyed because Jesus knew that these rules were made by humans not for them.
We often meet things that we do not understand with animosity, we do not like leaping head long into the unknown. Miracles are part of that unknown, and often it puts us in a position of uneasiness. But God uses miracles. He uses the miracles to show us His power on the earth, and those of the receiving end of miracles are often transformed. People who recipients of miracles often speak of the change that occurred in their lives because of their miraculous salvation, recovery, or transformation.
We question things we don’t understand, that is our natural response. However, we do not need to discount those who are recipients of miracles because of their often passionate accounts of their experiences. Passion often has the same effect as miracles, to make us look for a way to explain away what happened.
We have all received a miracle though, through Jesus sacrifice we can all be resurrected and born from above into a new life. How does living into God’s miracle help us see the miracles around us with more clarity? How can the realization that miracles happen help us to know that we are indeed God’s children and that He loves us more than we could ever imagine?