John 9:8–14 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (Part 2)
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am
the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.”
12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the
mud and opened his eyes.
I have a friend who was born blind. You could wave your hand in front of his face and he would not see it. Any doubts about him being blind would be quickly removed
as you got to know him. I know that many people are legally blind, but can still see. I have another friend who is legally blind and he has a driver’s license and drives. I only rode with him once and that was due to an emergency.
How does he have a driver’s license? It’s a long story, but he has some high tech glasses that allow him to see. Blindness is not something to joke about. In fact it literally scares me to think I could become blind. Take
my hands, or my feet... or all, just let me keep my eye sight. Think about it... never seeing the one you love again. Leaving a building and going out the wrong doors and you are not aware of it. Walking through your house and someone moved
a foot stool. Being in a room and getting robbed and you can see to protect yourself or to mount any kind of defense. Or in this blind man’s case in the story... just getting to the pool of Siloam to wash your eyes. Hearing the voice
of Jesus and not being able to see him.
I know my friend was blind. The neighbors in today’s story knew that he was blind. They grew up around him. Seeing him beg was an everyday occurrence.
Many knew that this man who had been healed was in fact the blind man. Others said, “No, but he is like him.” I bet doubt in miracles had something to do with their doubt. Let’s face it, blindness couldn’t be restored
back then. Some cases can today, but for the most part, if your blind... your blind. Maybe the fact that it is impossible to make a blind man see in Jesus’ day. But then again, Jesus IS God, and all things are possible if they are in
accordance to God’s will. With all their doubt... the man who can now see kept saying, “I am the man!” To believe this man, is to believe in miracles. Jesus is the miracle maker. He is God.
I pray: O Lord, I know that it is difficult for many people to believe that you are the Son of God. I pray to help them with their doubts. You can make blind eyes see, I pray to make seeing eyes see that you are
the Messiah. We live in a world where many who have seeing eyes are blind to you. Help me to share the Gospel with them in an effective way. Let the Holy Spirit stir, convict, and convert their hearts. Amen.