Prior to the story of healing the blind man that we find in John 9, Jesus had been in the temple. There He claimed the connection to God and stated his purpose on earth was to bring glory to the Father. This claim angered those in the temple. But Jesus stuck to his guns and stated gain that he was here to bring glory to God and to do His work. Just as they were picking up stones to stone Jesus, he slipped away from them.
In today’s story Jesus returns sight to a blind man. But the man did not ask to be healed. Jesus and the disciples were walking along the road and they saw the blind man. Being raised Jewish, the disciples asked a question based on their upbringing. They wanted to know if the man was blind because of his own sins or because of the sins of his parents. This was the common view of why someone would be born blind. But Jesus never answers their question.
Instead Jesus returns to what he was talking about earlier. The healing of the blind man will occur not to bring Jesus glory but to bring glory to the work of the Father. Healing will come to display the work of God in this man’s life. While on earth Jesus was the light of the world. He was here to shine light on God. His purpose was always to glorify God. We are called to continue to be that light. We are called to be the word, hands, feet, eyes, … of Jesus not to bring glory to ourselves but to shine it upon God.
In Hebrews 13: 5-6 we hear these words: “God has said, ‘Never will I leve you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” This day and each forward, may we remember these words and go forth to boldly shine the light of God on all we meet.