John 9: 5-7
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”. Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
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There is a certain irony in using mud to cure a problem with clarity of sight. Perhaps Jesus just chose to use the blind man's working sense of touch and smell to draw his healing closer to him in a way that he could trust and believe. I like that healing for Jesus is not wedded to a single method. Our tendency would be to try to duplicate the method so that we could accomplish it with something less than Jesus himself. Jesus healed in his way and in his time to show us what was on his heart and what he is, in fact, capable of doing. Even we can see that healing the world, forgiving sins, promising eternal life would require a more efficient method than making mud for one person at a time. No, it would require more. The cross is the most efficient method for delivering the hope of the world and ironically extraordinarily cruel. I dare say, no one has and no one will do any better.
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Forgive us, Lord. Amen.