Pick up a newspaper, a magazine or watch a news report and you will see the same thing: news makers and criminals.
The news loves to find the noteworthy or notorious and spend time talking about them, their views, their habits, or their wealth. It seems they especially like to talk to the wealthy and successful.
Jesus, in contrast, spent much of his time with poor, nameless and needy people. One such example of this is in John chapter nine. Jesus met a blind man.
Jesus was in Jerusalem and had just watched the rich put a portion of their great wealth into the temple treasury. Jesus, however, didn’t speak to any of those people.
But he did speak to this blind man. We don’t even know his name, but Jesus had business with him. Why did Jesus speak to him? Certainly the Lord had compassion on this man. Perhaps something Jesus said in this chapter may tell us. “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world,” Jesus said, (John 9:5).
It is impossible to see clearly without light. Without light, there are no discernible colors. One can only see shapes in the darkness, if one can see at all.
Jesus had compassion on this man, but there’s more to the context than just this miraculous healing. Did Jesus know this man would appear before the Pharisees? Since Jesus is God the Son, of course he knew that. Is there a lesson these Pharisees needed to learn?
Yes, there was. The lesson is found in Isaiah 61:1 which says, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners…” Was the inspired writer talking just about those Jesus would heal? No. The prophet was writing about what Jesus would do for the spiritually broken, the spiritually captive and the spiritually imprisoned.
Jesus knew what the Pharisees would say to this man, but he also knew what the formerly blind man would say, too. He said, “Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. “If this man were not from God, He could do nothing,” (John 9:32-33 NASB).
Jesus’ mission on earth was not just to heal the sick or give the blind sight. His mission was to heal those who are sick of sin and those who are spiritually blind. That’s why he said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world,”
Are you sick of sin? Have you been blind to everything but the world and its pleasures? Then, it is time you came to Jesus. His word can heal you of sin and give you spiritual sight.