What limitations do you struggle against in this life? In this story, the blind man obviously had no vision. Everything in his world was black, so he was left groping around in the dark to get around. At some point, his parents could no longer care for him, so he was resigned to beg on the street for that night’s dinner.
Contrast this to the Pharisees. They didn’t have physical limitations. They saw the world in color, and they held quite the popular vote and influence among society. Not to mention, they were better-off than most, so dinner—breakfast and lunch too, for that matter—was never a question.
If you had to trade places with someone today, would you choose the blind beggar or one of the Pharisees? By all criteria of outward appearance, we’d readily choose to be healthy, wealthy, and powerful. We wouldn’t choose to starve or live blind if given the choice.
But in this passage, we realize everyone has limitations—whether they’re visible to the naked eye or tucked away in the hidden layers of the heart. And more importantly, we see how Jesus sought out the blind man because of his limitation. Truly, His power is made perfect through weakness, and just as He did with the blind man, Jesus still bends down to heal us, restore us, strengthen us, and open our eyes to His truth.
In the end, it was the blind man who could see, and the seeing Pharisees who were blind. No matter what your limitations are, know today that God still is ready to hear those “who worship Him and do His will.” May we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear what He’s trying to communicate with us today.
- Have you opened up about your weaknesses to God and submitted them to His power? Or have you been minimizing your limitations and trying to make it on your own?
- We all were once blind in our sin, but through the saving power of Jesus, now we can see. How has He opened your eyes—not only to the world around you, but to His spiritual truths as well?
13 Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees,14 because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. 15 The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
17 Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”
The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”
18 The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. 19 They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”
20 His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, 21 but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue.23 That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”
24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”
25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
26 “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?”
27 “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”
28 Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! 29 We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”
30 “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. 32 Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”
34 “You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.
35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”
37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”
38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.
39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”
41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.