Jesus placed clay, mud with saliva on the man’s eyes. Interestingly man was made from this same substance — the dust of the earth. Jesus probably used the clay as an aid to develop the man’s faith, not as a medicine. Jesus’ making of clay broke the Rabbinic regulations against kneading clay on the Sabbath. Jesus then told the man, Wash in the pool of Siloam. This is located at the southeast corner of Jerusalem, where Hezekiah’s tunnel channeled water inside the city walls from the Gibson Spring. The man was “sent” there, and Jesus was the One “sent” by the Father. The blind man washed and went home seeing!Christ had to touch the blind man, and the blind man had to obey Christ. Christ must touch our spiritual vision and bring new life to the dead spiritual optic nerve. It is not a question of who sinned. If Christ has not touched your eyes, you are not seeing. May I point out that the method of healing this man is not the important issue. The Person who heals is the important issue. It is Christ who opened his eyes. The blind man’s part was to trust and obey.
Jesus used different methods of healing people. If the method were the touch, the man healed would insist everyone would need the same experience that he had. He would go away singing, “The Touch of His Hand on Mine.” When Jesus healed others by not touching them at all, they would insist that one doesn’t need to experience anything, not even His touch. They would say that all one needs is the Word of Jesus. They would go away singing, “Only Believe.” Then, this blind man here would say to all of them that they are wrong. He’d say you’ve got to be touched, and then you must go to the pool and wash; so he would be singing, “Shall We Gather at the River?” You are going to tell me that is perfectly absurd, silly, and ridiculous.
I know a lot of “blind” folk today who will argue about the necessity of a certain ceremony or an experience to be saved. However, the all-important thing is to come to Christ, to believe Him, to obey Him. “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” It is the person of the Lord Jesus Christ that is important. The man went and washed, and came back seeing! He did as he was told, and his faith healed him. Christ feels compassion for us, and Christ alone can help us.
Do you have the faith to trust in God save you from your sin? Just remember, For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1Corinthians 1:18)