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)
Blind To Jesus
The healing of the blind man was a monumental lesson of God’s power both physically and spiritually. First, the man had been blind from birth with no hope of ever seeing. Jesus healed his blindness sending the man to the pool of Siloam to wash away the clay Jesus placed on his eyes. This was an important part of the story as now the man who could not see who healed him will not be able to identify his healer. He goes to the pool and after washing receives his sight. All he knows is a man called Jesus made clay and anointed his eyes telling him to wash in the pool of Siloam. When asked where this healer was the former blind man did not know. His neighbors and parents were astonished at the man receiving his sight. Brought before the hypocritical Pharisees the man was grilled intensely about whether he had ever been blind before. Bringing his parents in the Pharisees sought to know if the man was blind from birth. They suggested the leaders ask their son for he was of age to answer them (they feared the Jews and being cast out of the synagogue). Again the man was brought before the Pharisees and finally cast out because he rebuked their arrogance against Jesus.
Jesus heard what had happened to the man and finding him asked if he believed in the Son of God. The problem the former blind man had was he had been born blind from birth delegated to a life of begging until a few hours ago and knowing the Christ he did not know. To the amazement of the man and to his joy, his healer was standing in front of him. Jesus tells the man He was the one who healed him and there was not a moment’s hesitation to accept the grace of the man who stood before him. He exclaimed, “Lord, I believe.” What an incredible moment when two men stood face to face: one a blind man from birth healed by the Son of God. The joy the man felt was tempered by the sadness Jesus felt when He contrasted the faith of the man with the Pharisees and others who could not Jesus to be the Christ. Jesus knew when He walked among men as the light of the world that many in darkness would not see His light. Many blind were healed and followed Jesus but many who could see clearly never accepted what they saw with their own eyes. They saw the miracles and denied Jesus. A man born blind was born again through the grace of God and boldly exclaimed, “Lord, I believe.”
There are many blind people in the world today that cannot see and will probably never have the blessing of this unknown man to have their darkness taken away. More devastating is the news that in a world filled with darkness the Son of God stands as the beacon of mercy and God’s love and the majority of souls cannot see it. Imagine standing in an incredibly dark field and right in front of you is a brilliant light glowing from the throne of God – and you cannot see it. That is exactly how the world has been for two thousand years. The real tragedy of man is that God sent His Son to light the way, illuminate the truth and offer the radiance of eternal life to all men and most men will die never knowing what is like to see. Blind men die by the millions every year – blind to the truth of Jesus Christ. The impossible was done when the Lord healed the man blind from birth. Without the power of God the man would have never seen. God’s grace brought His Son to stand before him and take away his blindness. There can be no hope, happiness, joy or peace in life as long as men remain blind. They will stumble around begging for the morsels dropped on the floor of destitution and die blind with darkness. The life for them after death is eternal darkness. Life is filled with the pursuit of darkness and the soul is rewarded with eternal darkness – and the light of God was always there but they refused to see it. Blessed are the blind that now can see. There will be no darkness after death. Jesus is the light of the world and how brilliant is that light.