Through faith in Jesus, the blind can see.
Today we examine the question, “Mary, did you know your baby would give sight to a blind man?” As we have been learning about the characteristics and miracles of Jesus, this one is of special importance. The fact that Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth is incredible in and of itself, but if we look back at several verses in the Old Testament we see that this miracle was one the coming Messiah was prophesied to do.
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness—Isaiah 42:6-7.
“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped—Isaiah 35: 4-5.
John 9:6-7 says, “He (Jesus) spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
Just think about it….This man would have never seen leaves on a tree or experienced the beauty of a sunset or ever seen the faces of his own family. But with one touch of Jesus… he can see. What was once dark, void and shapeless now had color, clarity and dimension.
One would think that such an incredible miracle would be cause for celebration, but the religious leaders decided to be real party poopers. Jealous of his growing popularity, they wanted to know exactly how this happened and find a way to discredit him. I love the blind man’s response to the religious party poopers, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Jesus’ miracles were never just about showing off some cool tricks but these miracles were intentionally used to teach a spiritual truth: Through faith in Jesus, the blind can see! While I have never been physically blind, I know what it means to be spiritually blind and see myself, the world, and everything in it a different way. Blinded by a world that daily bombards us with lies of about our identity, our purpose and our worth.
Before Jesus, I was blind to my true worth and believed all the lies about what would make me lovable. I was also blind to my own need to be filled first by a relationship with God and thought fulfillment came in the form of a perfect body with a perfect guy standing next to me. I looked to these things the way Tom Cruise looked at his girlfriend in the movie Jerry McGuire and said “You complete me.” I was blinded to the reality that these things would never “complete me” and thus I was sorely misguided when my attempts at attaining the perfect body left me hospitalized from a full-blown eating disorder.
When I read that Jesus gives sight to the blind, I know this is true from personal experience… because I too am one who was blind and now I can see! Jesus opened my eyes to see truth. I look in His Word and see my true identity. He opened my eyes to see that no earthly thing can complete me apart from Him.
The lyrics of one of the most beloved hymns says it best:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I was once lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall profess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
Questions to ponder:
- Read John 9. What do you learn about Jesus?
- According to verse 39, why did Jesus come into the world?
- How has your faith in Jesus allowed you to see yourself and those around you differently?