This week I was at an awesome conference in Cluj with my sister Linda. The speaker at the conference was Kris Vallotton. He is the senior associate pastor under the senior pastor Bill Johnson at Bethel Church in Redding, California, and travels around the world to minister to thousands of people. He chose to come to Romania, too. I'm very happy that he did that. He's such an inspiration and a humble man. He makes himself vulnerable by sharing his mistakes and struggles to show that he's still a human being who is on his journey with the Father.
I want to share a few stories with you which Kris Vallotton shared with us. The first one is known to you, but I want to highlight to you what he said. We all know that Jesus healed a man born blind, but let us read the story again or if you don't want to, then listen to/watch it:
"As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. 4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!" (John 9:1-7)
The Jews saw people with a physical disorder as sinners who followed other gods and they were spitted on, marginalized and laughed about, because the Law made them impure and unclean:
"Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them. However if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you: [...curses...] The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind." (Deuteronomy 28:14,15,27)
That's why the disciples asked Jesus who sinned because of his blindness. When Jesus came close to the place where this man stood, the blind man heard a noise. It was like someone's gathering his spittle in the mouth and wanted to spit on him. Perhaps he cowered, because he heard this sound for so many years although he knew who was coming near to him. But when Jesus' spittle had another direction, he didn't know what's happening. As we know, Jesus spit on the ground (not as in the video in his hands...lol) and he made mud out of the dust. He spread the mud on his eyes and told him to wash in a pool. We don't know how far this pool was, but we know that when he washed himself with that water, he was healed and could see.
God used the man's curse and used it to heal him, because he didn't want him to just heal him, but make him whole again.
Jesus takes your curse and uses it to heal you, because He wants not only to heal you, but to make you whole again.