Even though Jesus had healed blind people before, maybe the fact that this guy was born blind made the miracle all the more supernatural.
Such a miracle didn’t do much to the Pharisees’ efforts to discredit Jesus (calling him a sinner for healing on the Sabbath) so they attempted to discredit the actual healing.
They asked the man’s parents if indeed he had been born blind. Yes. They asked the man to tell his story twice – perhaps hoping to prove the healing was a hoax. Here’s how the formerly blind man responds:
I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?
John 9: 27 NIV
This guy is so honest, so innocent. Wait. Maybe he’s being sarcastic in the face of their obvious disdain of Jesus…. No matter, I love his response!
The man born blind receives not only physical sight, but spiritual sight as well.
With each of his references to Jesus, it seems that he grows with insight about who Jesus is and how he should respond:
- vs. 11 “Man named Jesus”
- vs. 17 “A prophet”
- vs. 29 He refers to himself as a “follower” of Jesus
- vs. 33 Jesus is “from God”
- vs. 37 “Son of Man” (a Messianic title)
- vs. 38 He believes and worships, calling Jesus “Lord”
By contrast, the Pharisees call Jesus a sinner (what blasphemy, eh?). They say they follow Moses but don’t know where this guy Jesus comes from. The man born blind seems rather shocked at their lack of spiritual sight:
Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.vs. 30-33 NIV
Again, is this guy innocent? Or sarcastic? I love his responses in any case.
And this once-blind man – who never claimed spiritual superiority – has gone from spiritual blindness to enlightenment, his sin-guilt removed (vs. 39, 41).
Jesus healed the man’s physical blindness with His spit. That was a huge miracle.
Jesus healed the man’s spiritual blindness with His blood. That was the ultimate miracle.
Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 1:1-2:46, Psalm 68:11-14 , Proverbs 17: 7-9, John 9:24-41. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).