Stoney Kirk Corner

By Alex Russon / March 10, 2024

“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. This was the account of Jesus healing a blind man that I read in John’s gospel this week and brings home two aspects of life which many of us cling to; hope and faith.

When we need help we usually appeal to those we trust, seeking their help in remedying our situation. Sometimes our choice of individual is misplaced, other times not, but we reach out regardless. Here, Jesus needed the blind man to reach out and place his hope in him, only by such faith could the man be healed.

I don’t know about you but if some chap I’d never met said he could cure me if I marched off to the nearest pond to wash, I’d probably tell him where to get off. However there are times when we’re convicted to do something to such an extent that despite it not appearing to make sense, we trust that it’s the right thing to do. It was this trust and faith which healed the blind man as he not only handed his situation to Jesus but, critically, acted upon his instruction. He had his part to play in his healing, Jesus didn’t just ‘zap’ him but required something of him by way of response, to follow instruction to wash in the pool.

This week I reached twenty years of sobriety from alcohol having been a functioning alcoholic for many years. I’d tried everything to stop drinking towards the end of that period, failing time and again. Each time I went a day, or sometimes a week, without a drink I’d somehow relent, drink again and find a new rock bottom. If I thought things had become chaotic and unmanageable before, I’d now find an even deeper pit of despair. Those around me, my loved ones, suffered more than I did, they were on the end of this junk, feeling utterly powerless.

Then a chap suggested I ask God to help me. I told him to bog off! I’d never believed in God and wasn’t going to start now. He gently reminded me though that I’d not made a very good effort at sobriety without God in my life so had nothing to lose by investigating the possibility that he may be real and that he could save me.

I went to church the following Sunday, waited for my immediate zapping but found it didn’t materialise. However, gradually, as I placed my trust and faith in God, he healed me. I’ve not had a drink in twenty years now thanks be to him.

Like the blind man healed and the alcoholic cured, God wants only the best for you and your life, all we need do is ask him into our lives and have faith in him. The heart of the message from this reading in John 9 wasn’t really that a man’s physical sight was restored, that was secondary. The true message was in fact that only by putting our faith in God and obeying him can our lives be made whole, only then can he demonstrate his power. And when he cures us of our specific problem, addiction or issue, whatever it might be, he isn’t just curing that one particular ailment, he’s opening our eyes and our hearts to him. He’s not a magician and he doesn’t promise an endless tiptoe through the tulips, but he does promise us a life of peace if we’ll accept it, all we need do is seek him and he’ll not let us down.

John 9:1-12 NIV – Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind – As he – Bible Gateway