In John 9 Jesus heals a man blind from birth. It is really a pretty simple event. No begging for Jesus to heal him, no pre-healing conversation, no post-healing event. Jesus notices the man, puts mud on his eyes, and tells him to go wash in a pool. The man does and now can see.
The Pharisees become stuck over the fact that Jesus healed on the Sabbath instead of seeing the working of a miracle. They are blind to the truth before them. The Pharisees are spiritually blind. They bring in and question the man and then his parents and then the man again. The man simply tells what happened but the parents are afraid of the leaders. They play it close to the vest. But the man boldly retells tha story and angers the Pharisees. He doesn’t care because now he can see. After this witness, some amongst them must have begun to see the miracle, but they kept their eyes squeezed shut. They too were afraid to be cast out.
The man that was healed had been physically and spiritually blind. The Jewish society believed that his pre-birth sin (or his parent’s sin) had caused him to be blind. Because of this, the man lived on the outside of Jewish society. And then he encountered Jesus. First Jesus heals his physical blindness and then later his spiritual blindness. In between this man offers a simple testimony to the Pharisees, almost a childlike faith.
But the Pharisees are still stuck, blind to the miracle. How many people do we know who are stuck at this rule or that requirement or that misconception about our churches or our religion? How many need to simply see or experience Christ-like love and service to begin to see our faith? How can we be that experience for one who is blind? May our own eyes be open and our hearts be willing so that we can see and seize that opportunity before us!!