LORD I BELIEVE
One day Jesus was walking along and he saw a man who had
been born blind. A curious thing happened. The disciples asked
“who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born
blind?” (John 9:2) I have to say that the logic in this question was
lacking. How could the man have sinned from the moment of his
birth? But I digress.... The point is that their question was
basically a “why” question. And Jesus gave an answer in this
particular case, backing up what he said by wetting some clay
with his spittle, applying it to the man's eyes, and sending him
away to wash the clay off in the Pool of Siloam.
When the man obeyed, he was healed. However, he was then put
in quite a spot with the Pharisees who grilled him about who had
healed him. They made his life very uncomfortable.
But then Jesus sought the man out and asked him a question.
“Do you believe in the Son of Man?”* (John 9:35). When
confronted by the one who healed him, his spiritual eyes also
were opened. Jesus revealed that he himself was the Messiah.
In total adoration, the former blind man worshiped Jesus. The
Greek word for worship here is “proskeneo”, meaning he fell to
his knees in reverence. Then the most beautiful words that could
be uttered in worship came from his lips. “Lord I believe.”
Could this have been what Jesus was after all along? And could
it be what he is always after in our lives when we go through
difficulties – to bring us face to face with the state of our
relationship with him? Not only was the man himself challenged,
but the Pharisees were given opportunity through this miracle to
change their thinking about Jesus. Unfortunately, they refused
This is not to say that illness is “caused by sin”. Jesus said it
wasn't in this case. But, it is often true that difficulties expose
areas of unbelief in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
It is just as important, if not more important, to Jesus that these
things be corrected and healed than that our bodies be healed –
or that our lives are without any other form of difficulty (such as
the man being interrogated by the religious leaders).
To truly worship is to say, “Lord I believe that you are God and
that you are who you say you are, no matter what is happening to
me or around me”.
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* The “Son of Man” is a Messianic title (Daniel 7:13)
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