Now I See!
Verse 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!”
We have witnessed His changing water into wine and healing the deaf man with speech issues but He doesn’t stop there.
Our story today is a lengthier telling of a miracle than the average account but that is because this is anything but a normal situation. This man had been born blind. He had spent all his life in the dark and yet by the question of the disciples, they seem to be the ones in the dark. They were subscribing to a long held belief that a physical ailment was proof of sin and since this man had been born blind they were guessing that maybe it was his parent’s sins that he was paying for.
Jesus was quick to point out that this man’s physical ailment was so God could use him. This would have taken them aback as they knew that sin was not something that God would condone. But Jesus wasn’t talking about the fact that sin was a part of the issue but that God was about to do something miraculous through His Beloved Son.
Jesus used various methods for the ways He healed people. This time it included spit and mud. From dust He originally created man and from dust He remakes this man’s eyes. But the man was told to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. He had to show some faith and obedience before he gained his sight. This doesn’t mean that Jesus didn’t fully heal him, He just wanted the man to partake in the event so that he would stand boldly for the truth of the miracle.
Once the man can see the word gets out fast as people start asking about his newfound sight. Pretty soon the Pharisees get involved because they find that it happened on the Sabbath. They can’t rejoice with the man about his sight because of their overzealous love of the law. They loved the law more than they loved the Lord of the Law. This became more evident as the man witnessed more about what Jesus had done. His parents, fearing the religious leaders, wouldn’t even stand for truth with him. But the man wasn’t afraid and he was willing to proclaim the truth. We were blind but now we see. Don’t we?
Making It Personal
Do you see the truth of Jesus as the Messiah? What does it mean to you personally that Jesus is the Messiah? Who do you need to proclaim that to today?
Making It Personal Kids
Why is it important to know that Jesus is the Messiah? Do you know Him as your Savior? Who can you tell about the truth of Jesus today?
Father, thank You for showing us the truth. Help us willingly proclaim You to all we see. In Jesus’ name, amen.