“Do you also want to become His disciples?” said the former blind man to the Pharisees (the religious community leaders of Jesus day). That’s right. That’s what the former blind man said.
There was this man who was blind from birth and it was a popular notion among the Jews that if you had a disease it was due to your own sin or the sin of your parents. So, Jesus disciples asked Him when they came upon said blind man, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.”‘
No sight, for life and all of a sudden, this blind man has one encounter with Jesus, the Light of the world, and everything changes. The Pharisees were so enraged that Jesus healed this man. Why is that religion is more concerned about their rules, then the needs of hurting people? They come and corner this young man, questioning him and his parents. That’s when he asks them if they want to be His disciples. Oh, they didn’t want to hear it. They thought He was mocking. But He wasn’t mocking, he was just so purely in love with Jesus because Jesus did the impossible.
The Pharisees would go on to try and malign the character of Jesus, but this formerly blind man says, “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” He’s not having it. Jesus touched the core need of His life with His power. Think about it. Everything changed for this guy. He goes from disabled to normal. He couldn’t see the face of his mom, but now he can. He can’t walk without assistance, but now he can. He couldn’t work a regular job, but now he can.
It’s amazing to me that after 2,000 years of Jesus walking the earth with all of our modern science and medicine that people’s core needs are still healing for physical disease and the forgiveness of their sins. People are still people, wondering why they were born with certain conditions of infirmity and pain. Blind people are still in need of their physical eyes being opened and spiritually blind people are still in need of the light of Jesus to open the eyes of their heart.
In the last year I saw God heal a man in the Philippines who was near blindness. I prayed for His eyes and He started to weep. His family started rejoicing as well as His blindness was reversing. A man at my home church, Sonrise Christian Center was praying with an elderly woman who was blind after a service within the past few months and Jesus opened her eyes. Jesus is still healing people’s blind eyes.
Jesus also went on in this story to follow up with the man formerly known as blind,
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.
And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.”‘
So, Jesus uses this physical miracle to also demonstrate the need for all of us to have Jesus heal our spiritual blindness. This is the salvation that Jesus brings. He is the Light in our darkness of sin. Sin has made us blind. If we acknowledge our blindness, then Jesus can heal us and forgive our sins. If we say that “we see” or that “we’re cool” without Jesus, we are blind and our sin remains.
I love Jesus. He opened my eyes. I was bound in the darkness of sin and He changed me. What love. What compassion. What power. Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool called “Sent.” Jesus was sent by the Father in heaven to heal the blind literally and to heal the blind spiritually. And when our eyes are opened by Jesus, we too are to wash our eyes in the pool called “Sent.” We are sent to tell people the story just like this former blind man. We are not trying to irritate people or be proud or even be “right.” We are just being true to tell the story. I once was blind but now I see. I once was trapped in darkness but my eyes were opened by Jesus.
Do you want to be His disciple too?
*All Scripture Quotations for this story were taken from John 9 NKJV.