by Parthens, from The Forum
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. [Bible lesson 5]
“SENT” is one of the great themes of the Gospel of John, recurring everywhere, e.g.: “I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it . . . [T]he Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not . . . As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me . . . As the Father has sent me so send I you.”
Jesus never went anywhere without being sent there. He never performed a single work without being sent to perform that work. He never spoke a word to any audience, great or small, without being sent to speak that word.
Whenever self commanded Jesus to look upon and study some material problem with his material eyes, he made himself blind to it. Whenever self commanded Jesus to bear witness of himself with words of self-aggrandizement or self-defense, he became dumb to it. Whenever self commanded Jesus to listen to words of hopelessness and helplessness like “My daughter is dead,” he became deaf to those words, opening his spiritual ears to the voice of the Sender, “She is not dead, but sleepeth.”
“SENT” presupposes the sent-one’s obedience to the Sender. The more willing I am to be sent by the Sender (the more obedient I am to hear and act upon the instructions of the Sender), the more disobedient I must be to the demands of self that would send me on self-serving errands and missions, all of which lead to nowhere. For to be self-sent is to walk in darkness and to immerse oneself in polluted waters, dulling spiritual sense while making material sense more acute. But the more obedient I am to the Sender’s orders, the more blind I am to the testimony of so-called material sight, the more my spiritual eyes are opened, cleansed in the unsullied waters of “Sent” and thus, the more illuminated my path.
“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind” (John 9:39).