John chapter 9 recounts the miracle of Jesus healing a man born blind.
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go”, he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”. So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. John 9:6-7
This is one of many well-known miracles Jesus performed during His time on earth. But in reading this chapter again recently, what struck me the most was what Jesus said in the events following the miracle.
The Pharisees, skeptical of the miracle and looking to discredit Jesus, began to question the man after his healing. They rejected the man’s testimony and accused Jesus of sin for performing the miracle on a Sabbath. After this, Jesus found the man and revealed to him that He was the Son of God. The man immediately began to worship Him. Then, Jesus spoke on spiritual blindness.
Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 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 9:39-41
If you are blind, you have to rely on someone to guide you. You can no longer rely solely on your senses to navigate and avoid obstacles, because you don’t have the full picture. If you’ve ever been on a cave tour, you know this to be true. Typically, the tour guide will lead you into areas of a cave with adequately lit walkways, flashlight in hand. At some point in the tour, the guide will turn off all the lights, and suddenly you can’t see your hand in front of your face. If you tried to make it out of the cave on your own, it would be extremely difficult and dangerous. Instead, you rely on the tour guide to provide light and a clear path out of the cave.
Jesus used this idea of blindness and sight to describe faith in John 9:39-41. The Pharisees thought they could be saved based on their works and traditions alone. They claimed to have spiritual sight because they relied on their own knowledge and customs instead of Jesus. In reality, they were blind to the truth. As believers, we are spiritually blind, and must rely solely on Jesus to guide us. He is the only one who brings salvation, and apart from Him we can do nothing. When we abide in Him, our eyes are opened.
As we enter into a new year and a new semester, we must rely fully on God to guide our steps. No matter what the world around us looks like, we can trust Him to lead us into greater purpose according to His perfect will.
Submitted by Ashley Grace