In John 9, we see the story of Jesus healing the man born blind. You know the story… Jesus spat on the ground, made some mud, put the mud on the man’s eyes, and had him go wash in the Pool of Siloam. After the man washed, he could see.
We’re told the story again as he told his neighbors the story. Then, we’re told again as he told the Pharisees the story.
The Pharisees are so hung up on the fact that Jesus did this on the Sabbath (and therefore broke the law, so therefore he must be a sinner), that they totally miss the magnitude of the miracle. They were saying Jesus was a sinner, others were saying, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So they were divided.
The Pharisees didn’t even believe the man had been blind, so they called his parents to testify that he was their son, and he was born blind. The Pharisees asked him again how he came to see, since Jesus was clearly a sinner, in their mind. The man had a great response: 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
The man then scolded the Pharisees for not knowing who Jesus was, since no one had ever opened the eyes of a man born blind. Clearly Jesus couldn’t do this if he was not from God. And if they were really God’s representatives, they should know Jesus.
At this, the Pharisees heaped insults on him, and threw him out of the church.
Jesus found the man, and asked him if he believed in the Son of Man? (This was a favorite title Jesus used of himself.) I love the exchange that followed: 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
This man recognized the amazing transformation Jesus made on his life, he believed, and worshiped Jesus.
For those of us who were born and raised in the church, it’s sometimes hard to recognize the amazing transformation Jesus has made (or should have made) in our lives. We don’t necessarily acknowledge that “I once was blind, but now I see.” And how often are we overwhelmed and say, “Lord, I believe” and worship him?
The Pharisees, even though they knew what to look for in a Messiah, were blind to who Jesus was, despite amazing miracles.
So who are you most like in this story? The man born blind, or the Pharisees?
If you haven’t yet received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, ask him today, “tell me so that I may believe.” And for the rest of us, today is a good day to focus on Jesus, say, “Lord, I believe”, and worship him.