Don't make the mud the object

Posted on Mar 23, 2020 by Mark Muehl - Lutheran Spirit

Mud. Water. Christ.

Those three were the center of what I heard Sunday as we listened and watched streamed services.

Mud. Water. Christ.

The Gospel lesson was from John 9, the account of Jesus healing the man born blind.

Oh there is so much to consider in that chapter but actually, the chapter is singular in purpose.

Is it about the mud? Were you challenged to consider connection to Genesis 1? Interesting....but don’t make mud the object of this chapter.

Were there connections made to the power of water in baptism- new life that sees Jesus? Water and word?

Don’t make the water the object of this chapter,

The blind man obediently, seemingly without challenge (as opposed to rich Naaman who was appalled at where HE had to wash off his leprosy [2 Kings 5]), went and washed the dirty old mud out of his eyes.

Don't make the washing the object of this chapter.

No. This chapter is about Jesus. It’s Jesus who confronts the blind man. It’s Jesus who reaches down to dirt, spits and makes mud. It’s Jesus who applies the mud to the blind man. It’s Jesus' instructions that gave the washing its power. And it’s Jesus who receives the man’s worship.

It’s about Jesus.

When confronted by challenges to who he was, what happened and who did it, the blind man could only speak to what he was and who he was now...thanks to Jesus.

“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”