I would say that most of us know the story of Jesus healing the blind man (John 9). For those of you that don’t, here is a little recap: There was a man that was born blind and Jesus came up to him and made mud, put it on His eyes, and said to go and wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. But the Pharisee’s (keepers of the old covenant) were angry that Jesus performed a miracle on the Sabbath (or a day with no work). Jesus then said, “For judgement I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (John 9:39)
At first, I didn’t see anything that stuck out to me, I mean, besides the basic message of have faith, but then I saw something more. The main idea of this passage, or the lesson, is that Jesus came to let those who don’t see, see and those who claim to see, Jesus says that they are blind. This message is, however, beautifully illustrated with the blind man. Let me explain.
The Pharisee’s asked Jesus after he made this statement,” Are we also blind?” but Jesus returns and says, “If you were blind you would have no guilt, but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.” You see, the Pharisee’s have been claiming and telling everyone that Jesus is not from God and that he is a false prophet, but Jesus keeps telling them that they don’t understand who he is, and because they don’t they don’t know the Father. This blindness that Jesus is talking about is the realization of who Jesus is and why he is there. The Pharisee’s believed that they knew what was right, but they dwelled so much of the man of Moses that they had overlooked the promise of the Old Testament of a new Savior, Jesus (though never explicitly stated His name would be Jesus). What Jesus means by this line of guilt is that guilt comes from not allowing Jesus to be in control of your life. The Pharisee’s though that they had it all together and all figured out, but Jesus is saying if you were blind you would have no guilt because you wouldn’t know any better and they would have to rely on the power of God to show them. But because they say they see (but they really don’t) they are guilty of not relying on the power of God.
Jesus said that He came into this world so that the blind may see, and in a spiritual sense, we are all blind, because we are all blinded by sin. But those who claim to see, don’t because the only way they can see if through the power of Jesus. And this is where the story of the blind man ties in beautifully.
Jesus said that the man was born blind not because of his sin or anyone else’s sin but in order to display the power of God. Meaning that we are just blind and we have no control over that and that’s okay. Jesus uses this example to show that he is the only one that can make us see.
But there is more. When Jesus comes to heal us, more often than not it requires and action or call of obedience on our part in order for His power to be revealed; call it a test of faith. But what makes this even more challenging is the fact that we have to do this blind. Now we have a test of blind faith. The man who was blind was told to go wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam, so he had to walk there, blind.
See, sometimes when we have lost all hope and we can’t see where we are going, we have to sit and wait for God to come heal us or help us get back on our feet. We can’t do it on our own, but rather, we have to wait for Jesus to heal our eyes. And when Jesus finally comes along, most likely, He’s going to tell us to do something, and that something might be hard because we can’t see. But here is how I choose to view this. Jesus is restoring our sight and to do that he wants to see if we will trust him and what better way of doing that then walking with blind faith.
If you are having a hard time right now, I hope this was encouraging and I pray that God will restore your sight and give you a clear vision of where he is taking you. He has a plan for each one of us, but we have to remember to rely on His power and not our own.