In this Chapter:
1-34: Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
35-41: Spiritual Blindness
Giving Sight to the Blind:
Like we have seen before, Jesus always finds a way to use what is going on around Him as an opportunity to lay out some pretty mind-blowing teachings. Here, Jesus uses one of His miracles to teach a lesson to the religious leaders(who always seemed to miss the boat on what Jesus was all about), to His disciples and to us as well.
So, to set the scene, one day Jesus was just cruisin’ with his buddies when they come across a man who has been blind from birth. His disciples assume that this defect was a curse given to this guy because of someone’s sin. Jesus says that the man has been born blind so that the power of God could be demonstrated through him. And that is exactly what happened. Jesus gives sight to a dude who has never seen the light of day. And just like that, Jesus fully demonstrates what is no doubt the power of God!
It makes you wonder what kind of seemingly crappy stuff is in our lives just waiting for God to demonstrate His power on. God is always down to show us how awesome He is. Maybe that broken leg that has you bummin’ about a blown season is something that God is trying to use to get your attention and to show you His power? And maybe His power doesn’t even come through a fixed leg, but a more fulfilled life.
The Pharisees (religious dudes) heard what went down and they were all freaking out. Once they heard that it was this Jesus guy again, they tried to do whatever they could to explain it away. They didn’t want to admit that Jesus had the power of God, because that would mean that He was God. If that were the case, some of the things they believed would be wrong. Their disbelief (and fear of being wrong) caused them to be blind to what was going on. The guy who gained his vision on the other hand, he understood completely! This dude never saw anything and now this sense that he’s never experienced before is flooding beautiful colors and glorious images into his brain. He clearly saw Jesus at work, and it naturally brought him to believe that Jesus was the Son of God.
This is where Jesus dropped a bomb on the Pharisees. The Pharisees thought they were so much closer to God than everyone else because of all their religious rituals, but they were totally blind to seeing God at work right in front of their religious faces. Jesus used this blind man as a perfect illustration of the deeper spiritual truth that all men are blind because of their sin.
There are some who recognize their spiritual blindness and see their need for a Savior. Jesus is always quick to heal the person who sees their need for a Savior. Then there are others who, even though they are spiritually blind, think they can see and don’t recognize their need for a Savior. Jesus won’t save someone who doesn’t think they need to be saved. They think they can do it on their own, which keeps them from placing their faith in Jesus, the Savior.
Challenging YOUR sight:
There are so many things in the world that keep us thinking that we are “just fine” when we are actually spiritually blind. We think we have our lives figured out. We live in our ski town. We have a job. We ride as much as we can. We’re working on getting spons-ed. We just want to be a ski bum. All the while, WE AREN’T SEEING ANYTHING AT ALL. We don’t know any better, so we go on living in our own spiritual blindness. And when we’re spiritually blind, we don’t see the beautiful things that Jesus has for us: life, freedom, salvation!
It sounds harsh, but maybe it’s time to pull away the blinders of “the fun shred life” and take a new look at where we actually stand before God. Are you someone who want to TRULY SEE, or are you the one who chooses to remain blind while thinking you can see? Imagine what sights you may be missing!