Passing of time may, on occasion, operate to obscure and frustrate many of our hopes and dreams in life. Possibly we have been told that due to some long night of despair, we are unlikely to reach our goals. When darkness threatens to maintain its fierce grip over our vision for a fully integrated personality, we would do well to make our confession, healed, saved, I am the one.
John’s gospel, chapter 9, provides a powerful premise on which to base such a confession. A completely grown man, blind from birth, thought by his neighbors to be bound in the throes of sin, appears to have no hope for a brighter tomorrow. However, Jesus desires that we learn, through His intervention, we may proclaim healed, saved, I am the one.
Often preconceived ideas and prejudices about people, their culture and background must be dispelled. Jesus has to clear the air, clear our thinking.
- About Sin: There is no special category of sin and it is not based on the things you have done, but on who you are. “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
- About our works: Not because of what you or your parents have done are you freed from guilt and the justice of God. No one can do enough good works to earn the favor and reward of God. Ephesians 2:9, warns that it is “Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
- About God’s works: While creation is yet being manifested and sustained, God is working. Yes, God rested from propelling the initial atomic structures, both living and non-living into their respective orbits of existence. Nevertheless, because of His plan to get glory from it all, He was forthwith about the business of re-creation. This process, epitomized in the advent of His Son Jesus, will continue while it is day, that is, while the earth remains.
May we not be deceived by the present day; remember that night is coming. Where will you be found in that great and terrible day of the Lord? Will you be able to confidently cry out, healed, saved, I am the one?
- About God’s Glory: When God spoke everything into existence, He “saw that it was good”. It was pleasing to the sight of God because it had been made to bring God glory. When Jesus was manifest, it was to bring God glory. When this man was born blind, it was to bring God glory. When you and I were conceived, it was to give God glory. “Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:20).
- About God’s grace: God’s loving desire is to gift us with the mighty testimony, healed, saved, I am the one. He readily awaits to pour out his grace on all who will receive and trust him by faith. All our plans and dreams which have been obstructed by time and circumstance now receive favor and fulfillment in Christ Jesus.
God’s grace is available to prosper us and keep us in good health; it is God’s grace that saves us, and not we ourselves. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”.
This man born blind from birth exhibited faith in Jesus, the Son of God. How long have you been walking in darkness with your purpose and destiny obscured due to lack of faith?
Sincerely seeking the testimony healed, saved, I am the one means that you will freely and truly believe in Jesus. Your faith, like this blind man must be an active faith, one that takes possession of the objective of your hope.
- The man humbled himself before God. How many of us would submit to an unconventional method of healing today? Who of you would allow spittle mud to be placed upon your eyes? Yet, we are reminded in 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”.
- The blind man was willing to go where he had been sent. He did not procrastinate or make excuses. Remember this is on the Sabbath day, nevertheless, he did not let traditions or conventions prevent him. Neither the fact that he was blind stop him from going where he had been sent by Jesus. How many blessings have we all forfeited because we delayed or failed to act when opportunity presented itself?
- The man who was blind, but came seeing, gave enthusiastic and adamant testimony healed, saved, I am the one. When there were those who refuted he was the same man, he declared, healed, saved, I am the one. When some said, he just looks like him. He said, oh, no, healed, saved, I am the one.
Further, this man who experienced the amazing grace of God, who once was blind but then could see, confessed that he believed Jesus was the Son of Man; and consequently, worshipped him.
When pressured by the religious leaders to disavow Jesus, he hung more closely to the Lord. And he was willing to be cast out for his faithful testimony.
What is your testimony today? When people don’t believe you, you are misunderstood, isolated, and unrecognized for worldly success, will you act on your faith in Jesus.
When it looks as if time has passed you by and there is no hope for realizing that festering vision, will you assert, healed, saved, I am the one.
When debilitating illness and obstructionist naysayers attempt to block your progress, can you courageously proclaim, healed, saved, I am the one.
When the enemy endeavors to undercut your identity, seeking to convince the world that you are not a child of God, I don’t know what you are going to do. But I have determined to testify I am redeemed, bought with a price. I have been sent; and I’ll go though no one joins me.
I am assured of cleansing because I was washed in nothing but the blood of Jesus. If anybody asks me who I am, I will simply tell them, healed, saved, I am the one who saw the Light.