Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” (John 9:35-39)
Lord I Believe
When Jesus healed the man blind from birth, it caused quite a stir among the Jewish leaders. Neighbors questioned the man how he gained his sight and he replied a man called Jesus made clay and anointed his eyes telling him to wash in the pool of Siloam. Taking the former blind man to the Pharisees, he was grilled along with his parents how he gained his sight. Finally, the Pharisees cast him out disbelieving his story of healing. Jesus heard the man had been cast out and sought him out asking him if he believed in the Son of God. The man was unsure whom Jesus spoke of but the Lord told him it was He that had healed him. Three words summed up his feelings at the time – Lord, I believe.
Jesus must have been disheartened at the response of the people to this powerful miracle. The disciples had thought the man was a sinner because he had been born blind. It was a terrible injustice of life to be born blind. He lived his life as a beggar and a castoff from society. Never having seen Jesus he did not know who he was. While he sat begging, a man came by, anointed his eyes with spit and clay, and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. He did and to his joy opened his eyes for the first time in his life. When the Pharisees challenged him, he replied all he knew was that he was born blind, a man put clay on his eyes and now he could see. The blind man knew someone sent from God could have only done this. For this, he was cast out from the Pharisees. In compassion, Jesus sought the man out to encourage him.
The work of Jesus brought about different reactions. To the blind man He was the Son of God because he experienced first-hand the power of God. He had never seen the sun or the trees or faces of his parents and family. Now, in a miracle that could only come from God, his eyes were opened. It was more than the physical sight he gained that day. His heart was opened to the wonderful grace of God. On the other hand, the religious leaders of the day could see perfectly well with their eyes but were in total darkness in their hearts. The Pharisees grilled the man about his blindness not believing it was possible someone could heal him. Bringing in the man’s parents they were told indeed their son had been born blind but they could not answer for him. In an ironic twist, the blind man began teaching the Pharisees the truth of God’s power. For this, he was cast out. Jesus declared those who are seeking truth would find it and those who refuse to see the evidence of God’s power will remain blind.
Blindness is in the heart of those who refuse to see the word of God as His power. The Bible is the complete mind of God revealed to men but so many refuse to accept the simple message of truth. Religious leaders are filled with their own preconceived prejudices blinding them from the truth of what the scriptures say. Many look at the words of Jesus and refuse to accept His teaching. Yet the simple message of salvation is easy to understand but hard to accept if the heart is not prepared to see the miracle of God’s Son. Jesus came to bring light to all men, opening their hearts to the wonders of the mercy of God. Let the healing power of His love open your eyes to see Jesus and say, “Lord, I believe.”