The Blind Witness

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, He found the man and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

“Who is He, Sir?” he replied. “Tell me so that I may believe in Him.”

“You have already seen Him,” Jesus answered. “He is the One speaking with you.”

“Lord, I believe,” he said. And he worshiped Jesus.

Then Jesus declared, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.”

Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind too?”

“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” John 9:35-41.

To recap what has happened to this man, he was born blind. Jesus’s disciples see him and ask Jesus whose sin caused the blindness. Jesus says he was born blind that God would be glorified, and He healed him. This happened to be on the Sabbath, so the Pharisees got involved. After much questioning, the man ends up arguing that whoever healed him must come from God, and he gets thrown out of the synagogue. Here Jesus finds him.

Although no one’s sin caused this blindness, Jesus shows us that blindness is a metaphor for sin. Jesus came to heal the blind (forgive the sinner) and make the seeing blind (reveal the sinfulness of the self-righteous). When the Pharisees ask if He is calling them blind, He says that because they claim to see (to be righteous), they are blind (sinners). He actually says that their guilt remains.

This blind man was a more reliable witness to who Jesus was than the Bible scholars who were supposed to know. Back in the synagogue, when the Pharisees were grilling him, all he could say was, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. There is one thing I do know: I was blind, but now I see!” (John 9:25). Case closed.

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