March 2, 2008 – John 9:1-41
John 9:1-41: Jesus heals a man born blind. One of the things that struck me as central in this story is the fact that this man was born blind. His blind birth is referred to 6 times in these 41 verses (1, 2, 3, 19, 20, 32). Verse 32 specifically highlights this fact. So why is that important? What’s the big deal about his being born blind? I think it’s a sign of rebirth. As the man was born blind, it was his nature to be blind (like we say “God made me this way”). It’s not that he lost his sight and Jesus restored it. Blindness was part of who the man was. So when Jesus gave him sight, he was changing the man’s nature; he was changing who the man was. This, I think, was the engine of the debate that followed. A magician or healer could restore sight. Only God can give it. When Jesus gave him sight, the man was re-born.
Hence the idea in my sermon that there are two kinds of blindness: physical and spiritual. We can overcome the first; only God can overcome the second.
Isn’t this a picture of our condition? Being born spiritually blind, then given sight to see the Light by the power of the Light? Just as we are naturally born spiritually dead, and given life by the power of the Life.
So why do you think the religious authorities of the day were so adamant that either:
- this couldn’t really happen (the man wasn’t really born blind)
- the one who did it was of the Devil?