P O O L O F S I L O A M
My favorite experience in Jerusalem so far has hands down been visiting the Pool of Siloam. Most would recall this as being the location where Jesus healed the blind man but spitting in the dirt, and rubbing this mud mixture on the man’s eyes, and then telling him to go and rinse in the Pool of Siloam. This event is recorded in John 9 (verses 4-7 below). Jesus’ response to his disciples question as to whether this man or his parents had sinned is just as applicable to us over 2,000 years later.
“…This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me.” As long as the sun is shining, we are called to be witnesses of Christ, and live out Acts 1:8. What’s even more amazing, is that I have been given the opportunity to literally follow this verse to a T.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
In vivid colors am I beginning to read beyond the black and red text of my bible. And to think, we’re only on day one.