Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:35-39
Jesus was walking along one day when He noticed a man who was blind since birth. He approached the man and healed his blindness. When Jesus asked him if he believed in the Son of God, the healed man told Jesus yes and began to worship. Word spread of the miraculous healing and the Pharisees were soon on their way to investigate.
They were told it was Jesus who gave the blind man sight and that He performed this miracle on the Sabbath. A debate broke out amongst the Pharisees over whether Jesus could truly be the Son of God and not keep the Sabbath, or that a sinner would be able to perform such miraculous signs.
Both sides of the divided Pharisees missed the mark completely. Being blinded spiritually, they could not see the beauty of what Jesus had done. They could not see the love God has for ALL His people. They could not see Jesus as the fulfilled prophecy they had been long waiting for.
In Jesus’ day, blindness was a metaphor for sin and sight was a metaphor for righteousness. Jesus told the Pharisees that though they could see physically, they were deliberately choosing to be blind spiritually.
‘Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remain.' John 9:40-41
The Pharisees knew the prophecy of the coming Messiah better than most and yet could not see Jesus for who He truly was. Pride had hardened their hearts, keeping them in the dark. But this man who had been in the dark his whole life, believed the instant Jesus gave him sight.
Jesus noticed him, approached him, and healed him. What a beautiful encounter this man had with our Savior! How encouraging that though the man was once blind to Jesus, Jesus was never blind to the man. He loved him and gave him true sight.
Jesus also sees us. Unlike the Pharisees, He doesn’t care how much we know or how much we don’t. He cares about our hearts. He loves us, draws near to us, and longs to heal us. How we respond to this love determines how we truly see Christ. The man who was once blind responded in worship; a beautiful response indeed.
Are there any areas where you may be blind to how God is working or moving in your life?
Jesus sees us even in times when we may not see Him. He loves us and draws near. How have you been responding to God’s unconditional love?
Heavenly Father, thank you for seeing us. We praise You for stepping down from Your throne to be with us, to draw near to us, and to heal us. Help us see You in a fresh and new way. Soften our hearts to all You have done and are doing. We worship Your holy name. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.
PC3 writer Mandy Hughes wrote today’s devotional.