Rev. Fr.David J.Davis B.Th., DD, OSP
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.
I forgot the He is immutable, and He is so certain of Himself that 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.
I let the words he spoke to me become affected and infected with the thoughts of men.
I allowed people to steal the power of that precious truth from me.
The strength of our text today is that normally we look at the miracle of what Jesus could do for a man who was blind from birth.
Eye salves had 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 both crude, unproven and is so unsanitary that the observer would conclude that dirt is a detriment not healing. Yet He makes known that in His hands, what might cause you harm, will bring about a miracle. After all He’s only using the elements He used to make the entire man. 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 host. Too precise forever modern day cloning, it is not only of the type of tissue suitable for transplant, it is 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 before seconds would turn into a minute, a fully formed eye is surgically implanted without scapel or suture.
But before the miracle, of the fulfillment of God’s word in the man, comes what happened to me…man’s objection.