There is one ego eimi statement in John that does not come out of the mouth of Jesus. And John does it very purposefully.

There is a guy in John’s Gospel who I identify with. And I think it’s because John intends him to represent the entire humanity. It’s the story of the man born blind (John 9).

This man born blind represents us.

The movement of trust is the movement of seeing. The process is to have our eyes open up. This man is an outcast; he is unclean. He makes his living begging on the side of the road. And they come by and want to know “Did this man sin or did his parents sin?” Jesus ignores the question. Then he says, “No, this is so the glory of God can be revealed in him today”.

Jesus is saying, “Your theological conversation is irrelevant. We’re right here right now with this man in this moment.”

Do you know what the word “glory” means? “Glory” is the essential nature of a person, place or thing. A lot of times we think of God’s “glory” as this effervescent light.

This is why Jesus is the essential nature of the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is the essential nature of God. This is why we are created to be the glory of God – a human being fully alive and fully free. Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. He came to show us what it is like to be fully human, fully alive, and in a relationship with the Father and the Spirit.

Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud and puts it on the blind man’s eyes. And this man born blind goes on a journey.

Now, if you know anything about evangelism, you know Jesus did it all wrong. He didn’t even say, “By the way, the one who just put mud in your face, my name is…  and here’s my card. And we need to have a conversation about the Four Spiritual Laws.”  Jesus just leaves. He leaves because he trusts the Spirit in the life of this man.

We don’t trust the Holy Spirit; we try to play the Holy Spirit; Jesus trusts the Holy Spirit, so he can leave.

So this man goes to the place Jesus sent him, to a fountain called “sent” and he washes off the mud and he can see. And that starts this whole journey because he is now going to become a conundrum in the theological community. And it’s going to stir up all kinds of political issues.

When he’s asked this man who was blind says, “This guy came up to me and anointed my eyes.” It’s mud made out of spit and dirt. But suddenly you look back at your life and you realize  that the interaction of God in your life has become something way more than it appeared at the time.

People keep asking, “Is this really the guy?” And he says, “It’s me.” They kept asking him, “Who are you?” And he said, “I am”. That’s the other “I am” that’s in the Gospel of John.

The Holy Spirit’s work is to reveal the truth of our being so that the way of our being can match it.

The religious establishment excommunicates this man. He starts out excommunicated and ends up excommunicated. When he is wandering around trying to figure out what to do with his life, he runs into a man, and the man says “So tell me your story,” and asks, “Do you know who healed you?” And the man who had been blind says, “No, but if you could tell me…” And Jesus replies, “It is me.” And the man worships Jesus.

That passage starts with an “I am” statement, Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world”.

 

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