Tuesday, December 20, 2011

As Jesus Walked Along

by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 12/20/11 John 9-11 - As Jesus Walked Along

S= Scripture  O=Observation A=Application  P=Prayer

S - John 9:1,13-15  JB Phillips, Later, as Jesus walked along he saw a man who had been blind from birth... So they brought the man who had once been blind before the Pharisees. (It should be noted that Jesus made the clay and restored his sight on a Sabbath day.) The Pharisees asked the question all over again as to how he had become able to see. “He put clay on my eyes; I washed it off; now I can see—that’s all,” he replied.

O -Jesus happened upon this blind man as He was walking along and He responded right then and there!  Yes, it was the Sabbath, but that didn't stop Jesus from healing him.  I wondered even if it was intentional that the Father brought this man into Jesus' life on the Sabbath - to stir up the Pharisees!  (The man at the pool of Bethesda in John 7 had been healed on the Sabbath as well).  God was up to something!

A- Sometimes we just happen upon an opportunity to minister God's love, healing and grace.  I believe that these are indeed set-ups from God the Father - opportunities to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.  Maybe God is making a point or maybe He is just sending His love to others through us.  It doesn't really matter.  What matters is that we are aware of these opportunities and follow through with reaching out when they come.

P - Father, you use your children to minister to others, just as you used Jesus.  This life is all about love and relationships.  Use us today to reach out to those we "happen upon" as we walk along.  Amen.

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