He had no idea who Jesus was, but then Jesus came along and put some mud on his eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man didn’t know any better, he had nothing to lose, he wanted to see for the first time in his miserable beggarly life, so he simply went and washed and he was healed. His blindness was gone! Strangely those around him didn’t recognize him, and started questioning themselves and each other.
So John wrote in chapter nine, therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said “Is not this he who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
John wrote as Jesus passed by He saw the blind man. Don’t think for one second that Jesus was just meandering around looking for something to do when He saw the blind man. No, Jesus was sent to the blind man. There are no coincidences in God’s story. Jesus passed by, but it was with intention and purpose. The blind man had no idea, but he had an appointment with the Almighty God. He was about to receive his sight. His life was about to change. We have no idea how far he had to walk to get to the pool of Siloam or even how he got here. He was blind and a beggar, an outcast of society. John didn’t record of any friends or family helping the man get to the pool. But somehow, someway, he got to the pool of Siloam to wash and he received his sight. Then those around him, those in the community debated who the man was. Jesus touched him and he was made whole! He was blind, but now he could see.
As Christians we too share in the same story. We were blind; we could not see. We too were an outcast, but then Jesus passed by, and we received our sight. It was no mistake, it was no coincidence. We too didn’t know it, we were clueless, but we had an appointment with Jesus that day, that night, when we received our sight. He chose us before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. So God looked down and shed His grace upon us. His kindness led us to repentance. At the moment when we received our sight we became a new creation. For if any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away and behold all things have become new. We once walked in darkness, but now we walk in the light.
Paul wrote in Ephesians chapter two, but God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, He made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Only in the ages to come will we begin to understand all that Christ has done for us and we will be overwhelmed with His grace and kindness towards us. John wrote in Revelation 21, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise, than we we've first begun. . Oh sing His praise today and forevermore because of His amazing grace!