Monday, October 17, 2016

Mud, Water, and Re-creation

The account of the miracle of vision in the previous post brought us to the point where the man, following Jesus's instructions went to the Pool of Siloam, washed, and came seeing. (John 9:7)  A few words here about the magnitude of the miracle.

Many of us learned this story in Sunday school and have taken it in a matter-of-fact way, perhaps thinking, "Wow!  Jesus can do anything."  I dare say, though, that seldom have we considered the miracle in its entirety.  Think of this.  A person born blind has no experience of sight and his brain mapping would have relied entirely on non-visual sensory perceptions.  Sudden ability to "see" in and of itself is insufficient to be of any use to the subject.  In fact he would doubtless be totally confused and perhaps even terrified because he has no experience in processing visual stimuli.

How great is God?  We cannot imagine the answer to that question.  But in this instance Jesus not only gave the man the ability to sense visual stimuli, He gave him sight, which is to say the brain would have been totally remapped to allow the subject to process those stimuli!  One might go so far as to say the miracle was tantamount to slaying the man and resurrecting him in a more perfect body.

Created man from mud, re-created this man using mud.

Indeed God is Great!          TBC


Secondary Roads said...

This morning's Bible reading included John, chapter 9. I like the keen spiritual insight of the blind man when he defended Jesus and questioned the leaders of the synagogue. He certainly was healed of more than physical blindness.

vanilla said...

Chuck, though afflicted with physical blindness the man clearly was well-versed in important matters and he was, as you observe, endowed with spiritual insight, and a shrewd analytic approach to debate.