Jesus Gives Sight to the Blind [John 9]

35Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"36He answered, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?"37Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you."38And he said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped Him.39And Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."40Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, "We are not blind too, are we?"41Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.

After the Pharisees grilled the blind man that Jesus healed on the Sabbath and kicked him out of the synagogue, Jesus heard what happened and went looking for him. Once again, I see that Jesus cared about each individual, as well as for the masses who came to Him. Just imagine how hard it would have been for Jesus to find time to follow up on a man he had encountered one time for a few minutes when thousands were following Him with huge needs. But He did look for and found that healed blind man and then Jesus invited him to be part of a new community, the budding community of Jesus followers. Jesus wanted all those who were blind to see, however, He was more interested in spiritual blindness. In the case of the physically blind man, Jesus used the physical healing to lay the foundation for spiritual healing. In the end, however, only those who know they are spiritually blind will be able to receive the spiritual sight that Jesus has to offer. When the blind man accepted the truth about Jesus, His spiritual eyes were opened and He became part of the kingdom. But to continue to walk with our spiritual eyes open involves a daily going to Jesus through the Word and prayer and fellowship with other believers (Romans 12:1-2).

God we praise you that you give spiritual sight through Jesus. Cause us to know even though you have opened our eyes and we are part of Your kingdom, that we continually need you to keep on opening our eyes day after day so that we walk in Your Light .

Beth Warlick, 12/10/2010