…by Kara Etter
So I’ve never blogged before….bare with me. When I read John, I’m so amazed at the many ways Jesus heals people. In John 5, He heals the invalid at the pool by simply saying “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk”. But in John chapter 9, Jesus heals a blind man by mixing mud and saliva and then puts it on the man’s eyes and tells him to wash in the pool. It makes me think of our lives. Sometimes the struggles we have are immediately resolved and other times muddy. I wonder if these Jews knew of the invalid, if they even realized that a miracle just happened. I feel like Jesus would have loved to have shaken those Jews! The son of God is talking to them. They’re in the business of studying God’s Word for crying out loud! I had to re-read this chapter a few times to understand the full depth of what Jesus was saying when He said, “your accuser is Moses.” Jesus’ listeners pride themselves on their attachment to Moses, their great lawgiver. So it was unexpected for Jesus to say that Moses himself would accuse them before God. They didn’t like how Jesus spoke about God, that He had a close relationship, that He was the equal with God. Because of this, the Jews persecuted him.