This is one of my favorite Bible stories. There’s a lot of drama and not of the joy that a reader would expect when Jesus heals a man who has been blind since birth. However, the whole story is a kind of metaphor for spiritual blindness, which Jesus discusses in v35-41.
In my sermon I identified several blind people found in this chapter. I’ve listed them below:
- v2 – Jesus’ disciples were blind to the “blind man’s” plight. They only saw his condition, not his suffering, and turned it into an intellectual puzzle.
- v8 – The “blind man’s” neigbours had seen him begging for years, but indifference to him blinded them to his identity. They couldn’t even recognise him after he’d been healed. Surely this wouldn’t have been an issue if they’d made the effort to get to know him before.
- v20-23 – The “blind man’s ” parents were intimidated by the religious leaders and refused defend their son. Their fear blinded them and they couldn’t see how they could help him.
- v28-29 – The Pharisees’ loyalty to Moses and confidence in the truth of their teaching blinded them to the fact that God had performed a miraculous healing through Jesus.
- v34 – The Pharisees’ prejudice against the “blind man”, who they regarded as sinful and ignorant, blinded them to the truth of his words.
Thus, by the end of the chapter, the man who starts out as blind is the only one who can truly see, and everyone else is blind. Only the blind begger has seen the power of God and identified Jesus as the Son of Man.
Either as a church or individually, what sort of things might blind us to seeing people the way God sees them? What prevents us from seeing God’s power at work around us? Please share your comments.