JOHN 9:35-39: “Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
OBSERVATION: This morning – am I able to “see”? That appears to be an obvious question. As I look at the pages of my Bible, as I type these words, it is clear that I can see. But the question remains – Do I really “see”?
The account of Jesus healing the man born blind teaches us many things. First, it teaches us that all sickness and physical limitations are not the result of overt sin. They can simply be the result of living in a sinful world. When the disciples asked Jesus – “Who sinned that this man was born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered simply – “It was not this man or his parents.” There was no overt action of sin at the root of his condition. However, there was an action of compassion and healing that would be extended to him through Jesus.
Second, the account teaches us about the difference between physical and spiritual sight. The man born blind was given the restoration of his physical sight, and came into the fullness of spiritual sight when he proclaimed – “Lord, I believe”, and worshipped Jesus. The Pharisees and religious leaders possessed their physical sight, but they were spiritually blind. They could not see beyond their anger, narrow mindedness, and pride. A notable miracle had been done among them and they refused to both acknowledge it and believe in the one who performed it.
Jesus said that He came to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. The blind man was captive to his physical infirmity. He was set free from both his physical blindness and most importantly from his spiritual blindness. The Pharisees and religious leaders were captive, though free, blind, though in full possession of their sight. The difference between the two was simply – faith!
Paul reminds us that – “The just shall live by faith.” Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith takes us from our spiritual blindness and gives us sight. Faith opens our lives to the wonders of the Creator. It brings the living Word to our hearts. It alters our perspective from that which is temporal to that which is eternal.
As we go through life we have times when we cannot see clearly. The call during these times is simply to believe, to have faith in God. When Martha could not see the possibility that her brother Lazarus would live Jesus said – “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40 NKJV) Faith opens our spiritual eyes to see!
Lord, open my eyes this morning to truly “see”. Let me see You through the eyes of faith. Seeing, give me the grace to believe that I might see the glory of God. Through the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a willing heart to obey. In Jesus Name!