The Gospel of John, chapter 9, tells the story of a man born blind whom Jesus heals – and the authorities’ attempt to discredit Jesus.
Jesus healed the man’s physical sight, but the man also gained spiritual sight.
The man’s answers to several questions reveal increasing insight into the identity of Jesus:
- Jesus: The blind man’s neighbors ask how his eyes were opened, to which he responds, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes…” (John 9:11)
- A Prophet: Next, the Pharisees ask what the he said about Jesus, to which he responds “He is a prophet.” (vs. 17)
- A Healer: The Pharisees essentially ask if this man thinks Jesus is a sinner, to which he responds, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, I now see.” (vs. 25)
- A Teacher to Follow: When they ask again how he was healed, the man responds, “Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” (vs. 27)
- A Worshiper from God: When the leaders said they didn’t know where Jesus came from, he responds:
Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” (vs. 30-33)
- The Son of Man (or God, some translations) to be Worshipped:
Jesus … found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. (vs. 35-38
I love how this man has increasing spiritual insight into Jesus – and especially knows who Jesus is when Jesus comes to get him (after he was kicked out of the temple). Jesus’ healing love brought the man to faith.
Dear Lord: Please continue to increase my spiritual vision! Amen