Have you ever made mud pies? I used to make them when I was a child. It’s a little messy, but fun to do. You just mix dirt and water until it is smooth and creamy. You can put it in a pie pan or not, add small rocks, leaves, or even flowers to it, and let it dry. It’s not something that you can actually eat, but it’s fun to pretend. Then you have to really scrub your hands and fingernails though to get them clean again!
Our Bible lesson tells about a time that Jesus made some mud but not to make it into a mud pie. You can read about it in John 9: 1-14. One day, Jesus was walking with His Disciples when they saw a man who had been blind since birth. People and even the Disciples back then thought that the man was blind because his parents had sinned, but Jesus told them, “It’s not because of his sins or his parents’ sins. This happened, so that the power of God could be seen in his life.” Then Jesus did something very strange. He knelt down and made some mud from the dirt and His spit. (Not pleasant to think about really, but that is what He did.) He took that mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes. Jesus told him to go was in the Siloam pool. Then man did what Jesus told him to do, and when he washed the mud off his eyes, he could see perfectly!
Well, you can imagine that the man was ecstatic over being able to see, but not everyone was so happy for him. The Pharisees said what Jesus did was a sin because He did it on the Sabbath, and back then, you weren’t to do anything on the Sabbath, even if it was to help someone in need. The Pharisees were more concerned with keeping religious laws than helping people who needed help. When the Pharisees asked the man how he had been healed, he told them that Jesus had done it. They became angry and said to him, “God should get the glory for this; we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”
But the man told them, “I don’t know whether his is a sinner or not, but I do know, I was blind, and now I can see!”
No matter what sort of problems we have in this life, Jesus is always there to help us cope. If He can heal a blind man with some mud, He can certainly help us with whatever comes our way!
Let’s pray. Dear Jesus, help us to always remember to come to You and ask for what we need. Through Your touch our lives will be changed, so Your name will be glorified just like the blind man in today’s verses. Thank You for always being there for us. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.