Dirt In the Hands of Jesus
John 9:1-7 KJV
By: Rev. Fr. David J. Davis, DD, OSP
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way, therefore, and washed, and came seeing”
As a child, the Lord Jesus spoke into me that experience is not the best teacher. He said it is merely the most toxic, costly, and cruel. He is immutable, and He is willing to make every Word He speaks an immutable law. He is the Alpha and the Omega, knowing the end from the beginning, He sets the course already knowing the destination.we should never let what He speaks to become affected and infected with the thoughts of men who fail to believe He is able to do all He says He can do. This is an account of when Jesus was doing what people allowed other people did not have faith to believe.
The strength of our text today is that we need to look at the miracle of what Jesus could do for a man who was blind from birth. While eye salves had previously been made to correct non-congenital vision problems before, But Jesus is so convinced of His power to recover the man’s sight the He creates a salve the is crude, unproven and so unsanitary that a casual observer would conclude that it is dirt, and a detriment to health, and not healing compound. He, however, makes known that in His hands, dirt that might normally cause you harm, will bring about a miracle. After all, He’s only using the elements used to make an entire man from scratch. So in His hands in a matter of seconds, a metamorphic change of the carbon in the soil is performed.
Unseen by the naked eye simple DNA is created exactly matching the genome of the man who is born blind. Precise beyond even modern-day cloning or gene tailoring technology, it is not only of the type of tissue suitable for transplant but the identical match of the deformed tissue it will replace. Cellular mitosis causes the stem cells to reproduce in the cupped palm of his hand, and in just seconds Jesus would turn them into a fully formed eye to be non- surgically implanted without scalpel or suture.
But before the miracle, of the fulfillment of God’s word in the man, comes man’s objection.