John chapter nine reveals an interesting truth regarding healing and the blessing that is afforded us through receiving Jesus Christ as Lord. It opens with the story of a blind man that Jesus and His disciples were passing by. Upon noticing him, the disciples question Jesus as to why this man was blind. "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus replied; "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him."
Jesus explained that the sickness was not due to a specific sin of the man or of his parents, but is a result of the effect of the curse that is in the world due to the entrance of sin that lead to sickness, disease, affliction and death - all due to the original fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Jesus was stating that because of that fallen condition, the power of God is present and available to the man and, as far as God is concerned, Jesus stated in a rather matter-of-fact manner, "It should be revealed in him!" The word "revealed," in the Greek, literally means: to be manifested, displayed and illustrated. Jesus, in a sense is saying, that's why I am here, to establish, to reveal, to manifest the power of God in the face of the curse that has plagued mankind for so long. God's amazing Grace.
As soon as He had finished saying this, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva. You need to know that Jesus didn't just dribble a little spittle on the ground so as to mix it with the dirt to make clay. No, Jesus spit on the ground with disgust, disgusted with sin and the curse that had alienated mankind from true fellowship with God and had caused so much suffering in the world.
God is love, absolute love, He's the highest and purest form of love that could ever exist. One of the attributes of Love is that it can not keep from giving out of it's goodness. It's always reaching out. When Jesus spat on the ground, He spat with intensity and disgust, with the clear knowing of His purpose, that He had come into the world to free mankind from the bonds of sin. As it says in 1 John 3:8; "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." In a sense Jesus was saying, "Curse, you have no hold over me, for I am Love, Light and Life, and I have come to expel the works of darkness." That makes me want to shout!
Then He took the clay made from the cursed earth (see Genesis 3:17) symbolizing the curse, anointed or placed it on the blind man's eyes and said to him: "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." The man obeyed the Word of Jesus by faith, and came back seeing - completely healed and free from the curse of blindness.
By "anointing" the man with the clay, Jesus was in effect saying, "you may have been bound by the effects of the curse with no hope, being fully convinced of its hold, but I say that you are anointed to be free and to live in liberty, free from the curse and its effects, for this is the gift of God, eternal and abundant life!" See John 10:10.
I believe that when Jesus was mixing the spittle with the dust of the earth, He was thinking about the original creation of man, who was made from that very dust, and had in mind the new creation of man that was about to come forth because of Jesus' going to the cross. This new man would be a born-again man with the Spirit of God dwelling on the inside, made in His image, living free from the curse, walking in His power and authority, filled with His love and grace, and making disciples of every nation! Can't you just picture Jesus with a little smile upon His face as He mixed the clay with the full knowledge that everything is about to change? Relishing in the fact that the power and life of God is about to be made manifest to the earth.
There is so much insight for us to glean from this wonderful miracle in John chapter nine. After anointing the blind man's eyes, Jesus told the blind man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. Why the Pool of Siloam? What is so special about this pool of water?
First of all, the word Siloam is translated as "Sent" and is symbolic of the Messiah, the sent and anointed One that was to come. We can easily see the importance and the symbolism of Jesus having the man go to the pool of Siloam and wash, being made free from his bondage. It was a prophetic act, sending him to that pool, foreshadowing that all of mankind will have the right to the freedom and cleansing that comes from Him. That whosoever will may come to the Sent One and be washed by His shed blood, becoming clean and free from the power of sin, justified - being declared righteous - just as if we had never sinned, set free and made new! And once sin has been dealt with, the sin that brought about the curse, then healing for the whole man is a natural reality as it is the outflow of His very life, and our covenant birthright, our inheritance as a born-again child of God.
An interesting fact of the Pool of Siloam is that it's origin or source is the what is known as the Fountain of the Virgin. Again, lending to the Messianic symbolism that is so prevalent in this miraculous and insightful story.
The Pool of Siloam is located very near the Temple, and on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, a Levite was sent with a Golden pitcher to the Pool of Siloam to fill it with water. He would then bring it back to the Temple so that it could be poured upon the altar. This served as a symbolic reminder of when the children of Israel were sojourning in the wilderness and had come to Rephidim, and were complaining because they were so thirsty. God commanded Moses to strike the rock that followed them and water poured forth that quenched their thirst and brought about refreshing (Ex. 17).
Concerning this fact, there is a great Messianic truth revealed to us in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4: "Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."
With this understanding, John 7:37-39 gives us new insight regarding the Feast of Tabernacles and the value of the proclamation that Jesus made in this block of Scripture that alludes to the Pool of Siloam: "On the last day, that great day of the feast [of Tabernacles], Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified."
I believe as Jesus was preaching, the Levite was returning from the Pool of Siloam with the Golden pitcher (also symbolic of Jesus: Gold represents preciousness and purity, Kingship and Kingdom glory, and the pitcher a symbol of His humanity, the vessel that would pour forth refreshment) and upon Jesus seeing the Levite, He proclaimed, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." A direct reference tying Himself to Exodus chapter 17 and to Siloam - Proclaiming, "I Am the Sent One."
Another interesting fact is, that during the procession of the Levite going to the Pool of Siloam to retrieve the water, on the way back, the people who were in procession, would recite Isaiah 12:3 that states, "Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." WOW! This is so clear that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that this ceremony represents. Wells of salvation, Jesus, Siloam - the Sent One bringing salvation, deliverance, healing and restoration to all who will accept Him as Lord.
Regarding Jesus as the Sent One, Hebrews 3:1 reads, "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus..."
The word Apostle in the Greek is the word Apostolos and it means: one sent forth and it implies purpose, a sent one with a mission. It is a compound word - apo - "from," and stello - "to send." Surely we all agree that Jesus was sent forth from the Father with a distinct purpose - to redeem mankind.
Let's take a look at what Jesus said about His being sent.
In John 4:34 it reads, "Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work."
John 6:40 says, "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
Over and over again, Jesus refers to Himself as being sent by the Father. In Luke chapter 4 beginning with verse 16, it records the event of Jesus going to the Synagogue on the Sabbath and standing up to read from the book of Isaiah. In verses 18 and 19 Jesus reads the very words that Isaiah prophesied about Him approximately 700 years earlier.
He proclaims, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:18-19)
Where it says that He has sent Me to heal...' That word "sent" is the root word Apostello in the Greek, the very word where we get the word Apostle from. Again it means to be set apart for a mission or purpose, to be sent, to be appointed for something, confirming the fact that Jesus is the true Apostle and Sent One our Messiah. But what I want you to see clearly is the phrase that states the goal of His purpose: to set at liberty those who are oppressed.' The two words in that phrase, "to set", is actually one word in the Greek language. It's the very same word that is used to describe Jesus' purpose, that word is Apostello, the same word that describes Jesus as being sent, appointed with a mission or purpose. Isn't this amazing?
What Isaiah was prophesying, and Jesus was proclaiming, is that through Jesus, the Messiah, the Sent One, through His redemptive work, we who are recipients of His grace, have been set apart, and are appointed for liberty and freedom from oppression (yes, that includes sickness and disease).
That word liberty literally means deliverance, in other words, a freeing from anything that had or has a hold on us. Oh, you need to get a clear understanding of this. It is pure justification through and through, a declaration of our position in His righteousness that is given to us, just as if we have never sinned! And in this state of righteousness, no sickness, disease, or sin caused malady in any area of body, soul or spirit has any right to stay in us any longer! We're anointed and appointed, apostles if you will, set apart to His righteousness. Not just to experience it for ourselves, but given a mandate to take it to the world itself, testifying of His great grace and love for mankind. That's our mission, that's our purpose - to spread the Good News of a loving, compassionate God!
Are you shouting yet? Read on.
As Jesus read the last part of that Scripture in Luke 4:19, stating that He had come to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.' What He was talking about is the year of Jubilee, and the discription of it is found in Leviticus 25:9-11. The year of Jubilee, which occured every 50 years, was a returning of all possessions that were lost and all family that had become slaves due to debt or any other reason were set free, and all lands that had been sold would revert back to the original owner.
Leviticus 25:9-11 reads, "Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family."
Now look at what Jesus said in Luke 4:21 "...Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." Jesus was saying, I am He, I am the One - the Sent One, the Messiah, I am your Jubilee! I have been sent to set you free, to bring healing and to proclaim liberty and deliverance to those who are bound and oppressed! To bring mankind back to its original preordained place of being children of the Most High God, in fellowship with Him, and enjoying all of the covenant rights that go along with it.
Oh what a rich inheritance we have as born-again Christians! The barrier that sin caused, and which broke our right to fellowhip with the Lord, has been removed, and we now have the right to come boldly to the Throne of Grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need - Hebrews 4:16. I pray that in light of this great truth, you would take a bold new stand today with your faith. Whatever is ailing you, I want you to know that Jesus is your Jubilee. He has paid the price for your freedom and set you apart, anointed you and appointed you to receive all that He is and all that He has and for you to live in it daily. He's your refreshing, He's your life, He's your abundance of grace, life, mercy and love. It's your birthright as a believer, make up your mind and set your will to receive and that you will not be denied.
Allow this great truth to go deep and build your faith, rise up in a new attitude of hope and take hold of what Jesus did for you. Understand that Jubilee is a done deal. It's already bought and paid for and has your name stamped upon it. You need to know and understand that it's biblically illegal for the enemy to bind you any longer. Know this: The enemy can only have or possess the ground that you allow him to have. This is why it's so important for you to know the truth, to know the Word - which is the documentation of your covenant rights. So rise up and take your stand and take back what rightfully belongs to you. The bonds have been broken, the Gospel trumpet of the Jubilee has sounded, and it's time for you to stand up and take hold of your rightful possession in Him - you are anointed and appointed, you are an apostle to victory!