When the Lights Turn On

“As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth” (Jn. 9:1).

Do you remember growing up and being afraid of the dark? I’ve found that many times we as adults can have a very similar fear. While we might not need night lights in order to feel comfortable enough to fall asleep, would it be so hard to believe that we fear darkness in other areas? Lack of knowledge, occupational incompetence, relational and emotional naivete, familial catastrophe, and even spiritual blindness can leave you feeling “in the dark” about your current life situation.

In John 9, Jesus encounters a man who is literally left in the dark, and yet no amount of insight could have predicted what was about to happen next…

“We must do the works of Him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (Jn. 9:4-5). Jesus then proceeded to spit on the ground, make mud from His saliva, and spread the mud on the man’s eyes. At which point, Jesus instructed, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,” (Jn. 9:7). The man went, washed, and came back seeing… In other words, the lights turned on.

While this encounter is strange and out of the ordinary, there’s a fascinating truth presented here: Siloam means “Sent” (Jn. 9:7). So Jesus essentially says, “Go, wash in the pool of the Sent.”

Why would this man obey Jesus after such a strange encounter? Because when God sends you, you can’t help but listen and obey. And when you do, He’ll turn the lights on… To be sent implies purpose. If you have God-given purpose, you have light, and “light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot comprehend it” (Jn. 1:5).

Be encouraged today and do not fear. The Light of the World has come to dispel all darkness, to give sight to the blind, to give you purpose, and to turn your lights on.

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