Wednesday, April 14th John 9:1-11

As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.

The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”

He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” John 9:1-11

What does it mean for us to tell the story of Easter? First we have to understand that there are two kinds of Easter stories. The first Easter story is the one given to the earliest, and all the subsequent, disciples of Jesus. It is the story of Jesus rising from the dead. A story of resurrection, new life, brand new beginnings.

But then there are the other Easter stories of our lives. The stories when we have experienced the transforming power of the risen Christ in real time, in real ways, that changed us for the better.

We – salt of the earth and city on the hill that we are – are called to tell both stories.

The blind man from John 9 experienced a power greater than himself doing for him what he clearly could not have done on his own. His story was his own. His healing was his own. Yet, in the telling of his story, he pointed beyond himself to the God who was truly the source of his healing. That is an important distinction.

Often we despair that we don’t have the same kind of dramatic, life altering events in our lives of which we hear others speak. It’s important to know that others might have their stories but only we have ours. While we can hitch a ride on others, our own personal experiences are as invaluable as we are. In the telling of our own stories, we point beyond ourselves to the one who has given us life.

The blind man didn’t explain how it happened; he merely bore witness to WHAT happened. In the face of disbelief and hostility, he stood his ground because he stood on the rock solid ground of his conviction that he had been touched.

The children’s song, “This Little Light of Mine”, captures the essence of Christian story telling. We who have followed Jesus to Galilee, seeking to represent him in the worlds in which we live, each have our own little light. Easter happens as those little lights shine.

Let us pray: Dear Jesus, we marvel at the stories of lives that were touched in your earthly ministry. We also worry sometimes, wondering why we don’t see more of that in our own lives. Heal us of our spiritual blindness that we can recognize the clear signs of your Kingdom which surround us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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