Read John 9.
Sight is valuable. I especially notice how much I value my ability to see when I can’t.
I have pretty bad eyesight and on top of that I am in desperate need of a new prescription. I am most reminded of my need for a new prescription when I am trying to read the subtitles on the TV, but I know I will most value my new prescription once I have it, because then I will be able to see clearly again. Imagine with me never having been able to see and then being given sight. Amazing to think about. I remember the first time I got glasses and I could see the individual leaves on the trees. Even more amazing than that though is when we go from spiritual blindness to having the eyes of our heart open to who Jesus is and what he has done and is doing in our lives.
The man in John 9 was born blind from birth and because of this Jesus’ disciples were speculating about who sinned to cause his blindness the man or his parents. Once again Jesus’ is in the middle of a cultural misconception that would have been so hurtful for this man and his parents his whole life. Can you imagine trying to figure out what you did wrong that you would have a son born blind? Jesus dished out grace upon grace, as he does.
“Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” 9:3
The question my heart asks after that answer is, what does God want to do for his glory through my hard circumstances? More on that in the video message for today.
Jesus goes on to heal the man’s sight, he didn’t only help a blind man see, he created sight where there never had been eyesight before. This man’s blindness may end at this point in chapter 9 of John, but we see more, a different kind of blindness, before the chapter ends.
First we see the blindness of the neighbors the man came back from washing the mud off his eyes and he could see and people started to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”. The answers were varied, some said yes it was him, others said, “No, but it is like him”. This part makes me crack a smile. The man is standing right there as they are discussing him. He must have heard those who said it wasn’t him because verse 9 records his response, “He kept saying, ‘I am the man’”.
Can you picture this man with new eyesight standing among people who had maybe even known him his whole life, almost getting in their faces saying, it is me! I am him! Hi!
The neighbors couldn’t handle it so they brought him to the Pharisees. Why couldn’t they simply rejoice with this man and the life changing event that had occurred for him?
The Pharisees and Jews instead of choosing to take a second look at Jesus and that he might be more than a blasphemer try to explain away and blame. It is the Sabbath (following their own made up guidelines for the Sabbath instead of God’s heart behind the Sabbath), this man wasn’t born blind (Really?!).
That brings us to the parents. They are called in to confirm their son’s former blindness, which they do but they also don’t look any deeper. They turn it back on him. “Ask him, he is of age, he can speak for himself”.
So many people spiritually blind in this chapter. So many people who witnessed Jesus right before their eyes create eyesight and they refuse to ask the questions that would lead them to knowing the Savior.
The application for us? Where are we spiritually blind? Where are we allowing man made rules and people’s expectations to block our view of our Savior and how he is working? What am I missing because of a spiritual blindness?
God wants us to be a part of his work here on earth, he wants people to know him. He wants to be glorified and seen and worshiped. God is constantly at work in our midst, are the eyes of our hearts open to see it?
- What are some man made rules and expectations that Christ followers today can elevate over having a heart that follows after God?
- Can you remember a time when God took the scales of your eyes and helped you to see something about yourself, your situation or the world?
- Will you search your heart today for Spiritual blindness and ask God to reveal where you need him to come and “open your eyes”?
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.