每日诗歌: 差遣我 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUfytIUQ4s4)
最后，瞎子被差遣时就看见了（9:7）。瞎子得医治的过程不同寻常，特别是派他往池子里去洗。约翰专门用括号注脚西罗亚池子的名称 - “它的意思是奉差遣”。奉差遣是约翰福音的主题之一，并且我们的主一再表明自己是奉父差遣。差遣和顺服的回应是我们属灵眼睛真正被打开的必要组合。
1 Chronicles 14 [Read]
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John 9:24-41 [Read]
John 9 describes a special sign given by Jesus. A sign is different from a miracle, for it carries a different purpose. A miracle is to demonstrate the divine power of the miracle worker, but a sign serves as a pointer for a spiritual principle. Turning water into wine in Cana was indeed a miracle, but, more importantly, it was a sign pointing to the life changing nature of the believer’s conversion. In the same way, the healing of the blind points to something greater than simply gaining sight.
First, the episode was capped in both ends with sight and sin (9:1, 2, 41). Jesus explicitly declared that the physical blindness had nothing to do with sin of the person and his parents (9:3), whereas he declared the close connection between spiritual blindness and sin (9:41). Indeed, “whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2Cor 3:16). Before the veil of sin is removed, one cannot see the Lord. But whenever we turn to the Lord with a repentant heart, we shall be granted the spiritual sight for eternal life.
Second, the light of the world is the one who opens the eyes (9:5). Only this light who came from God can perform such miracle (9:33), and God listened to him because he did God’s will (9:31). Sinners could not possibly perform such miracle (9:16, 31). God is holy and sinless, and sinners cannot approach the holy God or even be heard by him. Prayer will not be answered without a penitent heart and cleansed spirit.
Finally, the blind could see when sent (9:7). The process of the healing of the blind was un-usually involved, especially with the sending of him to the pool for washing. John specifically put in a parenthetical note about the name of the pool of Siloam – “this means Sent”. Sending is one of the major themes in John, and our Lord repeatedly identified himself as being sent by the Father. Sending and the corresponding submission are needed combination for a true opening of our spiritual eyes.
“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (Jn 17:18). Every disciple of Christ is sent to the world to open eyes, both his own and that of others. Only when we submit to his divine calling to go forth to wherever he sends us, we may truly experience the abundant blessings he has in store for us.
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