One of the most profound miracles Jesus ever did was to open the eyes of the blind. Throughout human history, blind people have been marginalized, mocked, rejected, stepped over, so when Jesus healed blind people, it was a stunning move. They were beggars, outcasts and burdens to society, so why would He even notice? Because Jesus sees opposition as opportunity. He sees sickness through the lens of healing. Jesus sees what we want and gives us what we need. Jesus sees our grit through the eyes of God’s glory. The Pharisees were so pious and “holy” under the law of Moses that they wouldn’t touch an unclean blind person, but Jesus had something to prove – that blindness comes in many forms.
In John 9 (read the whole story here), Jesus healed a man who was born blind, a man everyone knew was blind and instead of rejoicing, the Pharisees were furious. Why? The excuse they gave was that Jesus had broken the Sabbath, but really, they were angry because a “sinner” had received a miracle they didn’t think he deserved. The Pharisees were trapped in tradition and religion and operated under a “legal” sense of purity while a miracle from God had been given to a lowly, unintelligent, unclean blind sinner. It was all about pedigree with the Pharisees, all about requirements, credentials and worthiness. “Then they insulted him and said, ‘You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God has spoken to Moses. As for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.‘” (John 9:28-29)
With Jesus, there were no caveats except one: “Do you want to be well?”
The man’s response to the Pharisees? “Well, here is an amazing thing! You do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes…..” The Pharisees had been fully aware of every prophecy ever made about Christ, yet they missed Him and a blind man was able to see what they could not! After the Pharisees had kicked the man out of the temple, Jesus caught up with him saying, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” The man answered, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks with you.” Then he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped Him.” Two types of blindness affect the world: physical and spiritual. Not everyone is born physically blind, but everyone is born spiritually blind.
It’s not ungodly to be blind, but it is ungodly to stay blind when Jesus wants to heal you!
So often people who can see with their eyes do not perceive with their spirit – even the most seemingly “religious” and “pure” within the body of Christ! Why does this happen? Many reasons like the trials and difficulties of life, old ways of thinking, things we’ve been taught or areas of stronghold, experiences and mindsets, among other things. It’s not ungodly to be blind, but it is ungodly to stay blind when Jesus wants to heal you! The blind man understood a spiritual principle that so many of us miss and, after the Lord opened his eyes, Jesus wanted to know if He would like his spiritual eyes open too. “Do you believe in the Son of God?” Plenty of people believe in Jesus, but the formerly blind man asked an important question many assume they know the answer to: “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
Thought for today
Jesus’ answer to the man’s question shows two types of healing He came to bring – one when the eyes of the heart are touched by Jesus and one when the eyes of the spirit are touched by Him: “‘You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks with you.” Wow! You’ve seen Jesus, as many have. Many have had their “blind eyes” opened yet still walk in blindness, stuck in habits, inhibitions, religious trappings, traditions and spiritual immaturity or ignorance. “It is He who speaks with you…” Have your eyes been opened to see Jesus right now, today, in your situation, in your life, in your areas of struggle and darkness? He’s there. He’s moving and working and touching and healing and doing all the things He said He’d do, but many don’t have eyes to see it. Jesus desires to display the works of God in you (John 9:3), but first, you’ll need to recognize where you’ve been blind and let Jesus open your eyes to see Him.
“Then he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped Him….” (John 9:38) Here’s something else the blind man knew, without anyone ever telling Him: Worship is the natural response of a grateful heart. If Jesus has opened your eyes, worship Him! If you need your eyes opened, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are blind and invite Him to open your eyes and worship Him! Jesus wants to show the world the glory of God through the healing of your blindness… Are you ready for what wonders will He show you?