After rubbing dirt and saliva in the blind man’s eyes, Jesus sent the man to the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7). John tells us that Siloam means “sent.” How the pool earned this name is not clear. Jesus, who was sent by the Father, sent the blind man to wash in a pool called sent. The man is healed and quickly becomes a witness of the power of Christ.
The physical changes in the actions and appearance of the man healed from blindness were undeniable. Some people said, “Isn’t this the same man that used to sit and beg? Others said, “No, he only looks like him. But he himself insisted, “I am the man” (John 9:8-9).
The crowd wanted to know how the impossible could have happened. They asked, “How then were your eyes opened” (John 9:10)?
The blind man’s response is almost humorous. “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So when I went and washed I received my sight” (John 9:11). The blind man had been unable to see who healed him and all he knew was that the man was called Jesus. While the physical transformation was undeniable, an unseen spiritual transformation was only just beginning.
Not satisfied, some of the people took the man to the Pharisees for questioning. This time when asked about who had healed him, the man responded, “He is a prophet” (John 9:17).
Still not satisfied, the Pharisees questioned the blind man’s parents who acknowledged their son’s previous blindness and his undeniable healing. Their response was, “He is of age; ask him” (John 9:23).
Frustrated, the Pharisees began to insult the man. They claimed to be followers of Moses, who came from God. Speaking of Jesus, they said, “But this man—we don’t know where He’s from” (John 9:29)!
The man’s response is priceless! He became their teacher. This is an amazing thing,” the man told them. “You don’t know where He is from, yet He opened my eyes! We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him. Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He wouldn’t be able to do anything” (John 9:30-34).
The Pharisees called the man a sinner and threw him out. Later, Jesus found the man He had healed and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35). Realizing that Jesus is the Son of Man, the man responded, “I believe, Lord” and he worshiped Jesus. The man had received a different kind of healing. He was made alive spiritually.
Notice how the man grew in his faith. He started with “a man they call Jesus.” Then he described Jesus as “a prophet.” Later he confounded the Pharisees with logic that pointed to Jesus being from heaven. Finally, he confessed Jesus as “Lord” and worshipped Him. He displayed a beautiful transformation of faith!
The blind man’s spiritual transformation would have been as undeniable as his physical healing. The change in his life gave him an opportunity to share his story of Christ’s power and compassion. He became a “sent” one by virtue of this undeniable change. We might ask ourselves, “Is my transformation resulting in my being a sent messenger for the Lord?”