How Were Your Eyes Opened
Daily Reading: (John 9:1-3):
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Jesus can heal this man. This man has lived his entire life blind. Instead of saying, “let’s heal this man,” the disciples want to know what caused this man’s problem. They are focused on the issue instead of the solution. That’s human nature, “I have an issue, what caused it? Why do I still have it?”
The disciples think they know why he is blind, it’s because either he has sinned or his parents have sinned. This same junk theology that the disciples believed at this moment of time has persisted throughout church history. Let’s listen to the voice of grace, Jesus Christ and His response to them and then see what He does.
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3).
They want an explanation for this man’s blindness. And Jesus gives it to them. What is it in the past that has caused the blindness? Jesus says, in effect, that specific sins in the past don’t always correlate with specific suffering in the present. The decisive explanation for this blindness is not found by looking for its cause but instead looking at its purpose,“so that the works of God might be displayed in him”. We know that suffering has come into the world because of sin (Genesis 3 and Romans 8:18–25). If there never had been sin, there never would have been suffering. We feel the effects of living in a fallen world everyday. The explanation of the blindness lies not in the past causes but in the future purposes.
For Jesus, blindness from birth is sufficiently explained by saying: God will display some of His glory through this blindness by healing this man.
Jesus continues “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4-5). “Night is coming,” when Jesus said that it was only about six months later that our Lord was crucified. It is very likely that when Jesus spoke these words, the day was almost over, and night was closing in. In this case, Adam Clarke Commentary says “day represents the opportunity, whereas, night is the loss of that opportunity” (John 9:4). Before us now is an opportunity to bring healing and sight to the blind because Jesus is the Light of the World and He lives in us (John 9:5).
Why am I experiencing this hardship? What sin caused this? Forget about focusing on your past wrongdoing and why certain things have happened to you. Be preoccupied instead with your solution—Jesus Christ, who through the cross has removed every sin in your life. Jesus wants to work a miracle in you. The opportunity “day” is before you so that God might be glorified through your life.
“After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:6).
Why did Jesus do that?
He was demonstrating to us that our body comes from the earth, “then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground” (Genesis 2:7). Because creation is fallen, the work of creation cannot open a blind man’s eyes. But the work of redemption can! That is why Jesus sent the blind man to the pool of Siloam which means “sent”. Siloam conveys a message that when the blind man washed his eyes in the pool of the sent one, he received supernatural healing for his eyes. When we go to Jesus, the sent One who came to redeem us with the price of His blood, and we rest in His finished work, we too will receive the miracle we need.
Redemption causes us to have much greater health than those who only trust in creation. Diets are great, exercise is wonderful, but there is only so much that the natural can do for us. Our supernatural healing, health for our body is available through the One who was sent to redeem us from every curse that came upon creation with the fall of Adam (Galatians 3:13). Jesus has redeemed us from pain and sorrow, depression, poverty, sickness, and even death.
After the physical miracle happens in this man’s life there are five conversations that take place. At first, he recognizes Jesus as “a man (John 9:11),” and then “a prophet (John 9:17),” but after encountering Jesus again, his spiritual eyes are opened. He recognizes who Jesus is (John 9:38) and he worships Him as the Lord. I wonder how the Lord has worked in your life to open your eyes? As we think about the salvation we have received, there is a powerful testimony we have to share. While it is “day” and the opportunity is before us, let us let the light of Christ shine from us so others may receive His salvation too.