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Born Blind

Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.  John 9:32 ESV

The apostle John devotes an entire chapter, 41 verses, to one miracle, that of the man born blind. There is so much to be mined and treasured from this chapter, but let’s consider just a few jewels:

First, in a very real way, we are this man.  We have all been born blind, spiritually blind, unable to see and respond to the truth and light of God.  We all live in spiritual darkness.  What’s more, we don’t realize it, just as the Pharisees did not realize their spiritual blindedness when they spoke to Jesus.  Men born blind do not realize what sight really is, physical or spiritual.

Second, our blindness is an opportunity for God’s power to be shown. In verse 3 Jesus says that the man’s physical blindness was the opportunity for God’s power to be shown.  In the same way, God’s love, grace, and power is shown every time spiritual life and light are given to a child of God.

Third, Jesus is the source of our light and healing.  In verse 5 Jesus says that he is the light of the world.  As soon as Jesus proclaimed that he was light, He demonstrated it by giving this man physical sight for the first time.

Fourth, the man received from Jesus not only the gift of physical sight, but the gift of spiritual sight.  Listen to this unschooled beggar giving a group of theologians clear and biting analysis:

The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”   John 9:30-33  ESV

What is our response to all of this?  The same as the blind man’s:

 Jesus said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

We worship at the feet of Jesus.  When we are given eternal life, our eyes are opened, and for the first time we see that it is Jesus who is the Son of God, we believe, and we worship.  May you do that today.