“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind” (John 9:39, NIV)
Man, this story of the Jesus healing the blind man totally blows me away! This unnamed man John tells us about was born that way. However, Jesus healed him by putting soil mixed with spittle on his eyes. After that, the Pharisees did not believe that the man was blind from birth that they even summoned his parents to testify to its veracity!
A few things came into my mind as I read this story in John chapter 9, to wit:
1. A person’s blindness or any form of disability does not necessarily stem from his or his parents’ sin but may be God’s way of displaying His power.
2. It is absolutely alright to perform good deeds and help someone in need during the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
3. All of us—yes, even the Pharisees—were steeped in sin at birth, hence, spiritually blind, not only the blind man. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
4. The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers (the Pharisees in this case) so they would not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5. Only Jesus—the Son of Man and the Son of God—can heal us from our blindness. Being sinless, Christ has the power and authority to do this.
6. Those who claim that they are able to see (the self-righteous Pharisees) shall remain in their blindness and hence, continue to live in a state of sinfulness. A person has to realize and accept his blindness before he can seek Christ’s healing and deliverance.
Just like the blind man, when we recognize Jesus as our Savior, Healer, Deliverer, and Redeemer, then we would have no other choice but to fall on our knees and worship Him as our Lord, for God’s grace is truly effective.