On the heels of revealing himself as the Light of the world, the sinless Son of God, the Savior of sinners, the true Rabbi, the One who makes the truth known, the One who knows God, and the great I AM to a group of people who took up stones to murder him, Jesus is seen as all of these by a man born blind from birth.
What irony! The only person to see Jesus the way Jesus sought to be seen was a blind man. In the eyes of the people the blind man was unemployed, uneducated and unholy. In the eyes of Jesus the man had what it took – dependence, humility and faith. Talk about a serious case of the first being last and the last being first!
Is there someone around you that you think looks like they’ve been blind from birth? Maybe they’re able to see more than what we think. The only way to find out is to mention the man who still has the ability “to make the blind see” through their sins and right into the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 28:18-20).
“Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” (John 9:10-11)
In John 9, Jesus heals a blind man on the Sabbath Day. Since he had been blind since birth, what a joyous, life-changing moment this must have been, right? But unfortunately, one of the first things his newly functioning eyes witnessed was Pharisees descending upon him like hounds on a trapped coon. They had an agenda and the man and his parents knew it, so they felt like they were walking on thin ice answering their questions. To them, this wonderful gift of sight from Jesus may have appeared to be a curse at first. Typical of life–when you obtain something worth rejoicing about, there’s somebody there trying to drain all the joy out of it for you.
About the 4th time they came to him asking him what happened, they began basically by trying to bully him into calling Jesus a sinner. His response is one of my favorite verses. It was profound in its simplicity: “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” He didn’t yet know that Jesus was the Messiah; he hadn’t been told much about Jesus at all, and he didn’t go trying to fabricate an answer. He just told them what he knew, which was enough for both parties to make a choice. Might we learn from this that we don’t have to be experts before we tell people about Jesus.
Lord, thank You for providing the account of Jesus and this blind man. Grant us the integrity to admit what we don’t know, the courage to speak what we do, and the wisdom to let the truth guide our thoughts, words, and actions.