Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!
John 9: 6-7
We all know the story of Jesus healing the blind man and for many years of my life, I would read it and say what a blessing that was to the man who was born blind. Like I do so many other times, I just read through or over something but today the story struck me differently.
I realized that I was just like that blind man one time and all of us are. If we know Jesus, there was time we didn’t and so we were blind to his grace and compassion. Maybe even today, some of us don't realize how blind we really were, or how blind many people we come into contact with each day are.
As I was reading this story like so many times, three things jumped off the page at me and I want to share them with you.
50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.
I was reading this story of Joseph from Arimathea today as I have many times, but today something stood out to me. Why was Joseph concerned so much to go and bury Jesus body?
I think there are three things we can know about him that would prompt him to do something like this.
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