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Today’s passage is the conclusion to the story of the man born blind whom Jesus healed. The man had had a run-in with the Pharisees, who, when the man refused to denounce Jesus, drove him out.
Prepare to listen. Still your heart and mind with this prayer from Psalm 19: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Prayerfully Read John 9:35-41
35Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ 36He answered, ‘And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.’ 37Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.’ 38He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped him. 39Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.’ 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, ‘Surely we are not blind, are we?’ 41Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, “We see”, your sin remains.
As he grew in his knowledge of who Jesus is, the blind man whom Jesus healed, journeyed from darkness to light, literally and spiritually. When his neighbors noticed he could see they asked who healed him (vv8-12). The former blind man knew nothing about Jesus and could only say, “The man called Jesus.” Later when the antagonistic Pharisees demanded he tell them who Jesus was, he replied, “He is a prophet” (v17). When the rulers kept pressing him, refusing to accept that Jesus was a prophet, the man, with even deeper insight, insisted Jesus was from God, since, he said, only someone from God could give blind eyes sight (vv30-33). That enraged the Pharisees and they drove him out of the synagogue.
The man began his journey seeing Jesus as just a man. His insight gradually grew; Jesus was a prophet; then, Jesus was from God. Thus, when Jesus asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man [Messiah]?” he was ready to confess his belief in Jesus and worship him. He went from darkness to light, not merely physically, but also and especially, spiritually.
The Pharisees, however, because they were so sure they had the light (truth) and weren’t blind, remained in darkness (sin). They refused to come to Jesus for healing and, in the end, they aided and abetted the plot to crucify him, sinking deeper into darkness. Those who think they see, when they don’t, are the hardest to help and the most resistant to change.
How about your journey from darkness to light? What do you now believe about Jesus?
Respond to Jesus
Lord, help me admit my own darkness so that I can be healed by you and see you and the world more clearly. Keep revealing where I have blinders so that I may receive your ongoing healing. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world. Keep moving further into the Light.
Reflection on Scripture has been a constant in my life ever since I can remember. Reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels has become a necessity to get Jesus right. Join me in reading John to see Jesus more clearly this Lent.