Can you see?
Jesus was walking with his disciples when he came across a blind man. He determined to do the works God had sent him to do. He approached the blind man. Jesus spat on his eyes and then knelt on the ground to use the liquid on his hands to form a mass of clay from the dirt. He placed the clay over the eyes of the sightless man and prayed over him. He told the man to go to the pool and cleanse his face of the clay. When he did as Jesus commanded, the man could see.
The people of the town were incredulous. They had known this man and knew he was blind from birth. They asked him what had happened. He told them how Jesus had made him see. The Pharisees, the principal authorities for the townspeople, did not believe the story and demanded that the man tell them the truth of how he was healed. They did not believe that Jesus was capable of performing miracles. They even called for the man’s parents to testify to them. They acknowledged that their son was blind from birth, but they did not know how he had been made to see.
The Pharisees summoned the man again. They repeated that they did not believe him and threatened him if he wasn’t truthful. They claimed Jesus was a sinner and could not be trusted. The man told them:
“Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25) The Pharisees continued to chastise him and denigrate Jesus. Once again, they demanded that he tell them the truth. He said: “I have told you already and you did not listen.” Refusing to accept what the man had told them, the Pharisees threw him out of their place.
Jesus saw that the man had been rejected and came to him. He assured him that his faith would be rewarded. He said:
“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” (John 9:39)
Some nearby Pharisees overheard the conversation and sarcastically asked if they were considered to be blind. Jesus said:
“If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” (John 9:41)
Jesus is in our life daily in word and spirit. He tells us why he was sent to us by God. He teaches us how to live as God intends. Through his life, death, and resurrection he shows us how to gain eternity in God’s heavenly kingdom.
Can you see now?
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