When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam.” So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is this not he who sat and begged?”
Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”
He said, “I am he.”
Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
He answered and said, “A Man named Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and received sight.” (John 9: 6-11)
So, what is up with the mud pies? John makes specific mention about the blind man being born blind in his narrative. When Christ heals other blind people at Bethsaida, Jericho, and after departing from Capernaum, there are spoken words and a bit of spit, but no dirt involved. Are we privy to an act of creation here? Not of fish and loaves, but new human eyes made from the dust, for a man born without. Is it not Jesus Christ displaying, yet again, His omnipotence, His Deity?
Note the man did what he was told to do. He came back seeing. He obeyed the command. He came back changed. The neighbor’s, they’re confused, this guy we knew, or thought we knew, he’s different now. They had to ask, “What happened to you? How has this change come about?”
The man answered them, “A Man named Jesus.”
Next time: Eye Exam