Jesus heals the blind. We are lost in sin from birth and blind to God’s truth, but it is through the grace of God, the father, the sacrifice of Jesus, the son, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit that we are healed of our spiritual blindness.
The second half of John 9 (vs. 24-41) continues with the story of the man who was blind from birth. Jesus has already healed him, the Sanhedrin has already questioned him and his parents, and now they have brought him back for more questioning.
I love that when they ask him the same questions again, the man seems exasperated because his answers are not going to change. His response is, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” (vs. 27). To this man, the only obvious reason for their obsession with what Jesus did was that they were interested in being disciples as well.
To be clear, the Sanhedrin were not interested in becoming disciples of Jesus. They were grasping at straws trying to bring Jesus down.
Then this man, who just experienced one of the greatest highs of his life, experienced one of the lowest lows when he was excommunicated from the temple and synagogue. These places were at the center of Jewish life. To be excommunicated from them would be life-shattering.
Yet although he was just cast out, Jesus welcomes him with open arms and the man believes in Jesus and begins to worship him.
Jesus Heals the Blind
Jesus then says, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind” (vs. 39).
“There is a saying, ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see.’ That was the condition of the Pharisees. They said they could see, they claim to have superior understanding of the scriptures, and yet, they refused to see. None so blind as those who will not see. Jesus said, ‘If you were really blind then you can be forgiven, but because you say you see, you’re in big trouble.’ A man will be held responsible for that knowledge that he has. They had the knowledge, they saw the light, they would not walk in that light.”
Jesus came to heal the blind so they might know the truth. Have you been healed of your spiritual blindness?