St. John's Lutheran
Updated: Mar 23, 2020
Saturday - March 28 - Read John 9:35-41
(Update: This is actually the post for NEXT Saturday, March 28. Whoops!)
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
Physical healing is great. We should give thanks everyday for doctors, nurses, physical therapists and every health professional. Especially right now! However, having a physically healthy life is not the same as having eternal life. Jesus finds the formerly blind man who has been cast out from the religious community. At this point the man could literally see Jesus, but he did not spiritually "see" and know who Jesus was. He needed Jesus to speak the words of truth that create faith. God has chosen to work in the world through the proclamation of the Gospel. Jesus has called and chosen you to be God's child. This is also our calling as followers of Jesus. We are called to speak the truth of God’s love and forgiveness to our family, friends, neighbors, and the whole world! How can you speak the grace, truth, and love of the Gospel to those around you right now?
Dear Heavenly Father, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, speak your Word of truth. Remind me who Jesus really is, my savior, redeemer and Lord. Remind me who I really am, Your beloved child. Bless all the medical professionals who serve on the front lines of this pandemic. Bless them with safety and health. Bless their families with safety and health. Give them comfort and strengthen their faith in Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.