35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” 37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” 38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. 39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?” 41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.
This whole chapter records Jesus healing a blind begging man. It records the religious blindness of the Pharisees through the interrogation of this man.
He was blind and Jesus (and his disciples) see him, and Jesus heals him, transforming his future. Jesus uses this situation to teach His disciples.
The Disciples ask, “Why was he blind”?
Jesus answers, “It happened to him so that YOU could watch him and experience God’s miracle.”
Jesus spits on the dirt, makes some clay, puts it on his eyes and says go, wash your face in the ritual pool of Siloam. I love the fact that the man never saw Jesus. When the Pharisees interrogate this man, he says: I met the man named Jesus and he healed me.
The Pharisees continue to have an argument about “healing on the Sabbath”!! They are so stuck in their religion and rules they could not rejoice with this man who could now see.
John loves this story. A whole chapter record this miracle. John wants to overturn the fact that blindness, disability, tragedy, etc. are not always results of “sin” but everyone experiences challenges and difficult situations in life. BUT GOD. BUT JESUS.
God is able to come into any situation no matter how long it has been and transform our future – Jesus Christ still heals today, still transforms, still changes situations.
PS: I love the fact that this blind man gives the Pharisees a bit of sass … “Are you wanting to be his followers too?”
Jesus connects with this “seeing” man and he falls at his feet, saying “Lord I believe in you.” He receives not only his physical sight but his spiritual future. I am looking forward to meeting this man one day in heaven and he can tell me his story.
Lord, I thank you for these amazing stories – it reminds me that you heal today. You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Be with me so that I can reveal you to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Written by Ps. Sue Botta