Vs. 39, “Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” In the last chapter, Jesus would claim that He was the light of the world (John 8:12)…it’s not a coincidence that we would now read how He lived up to His claim! This chapter gives us a bit of insight into our own lives…the blind man could not see the physical world, he had to beg for food, and he was helpless…likewise…we cannot see the spiritual world, we beg for meaning in life, we are helpless. Jesus would come in grace to the blind man and to us. The mud in his eyes must have hurt and irritated him…just as the Word of God hurts our pride and irritates in a way our souls to clean up. The Jewish leaders tried to scare the healed blind man, but he couldn’t help but acknowledge Christ (vs. 30-33).
Regarding application…Tragic Things. Vs. 3, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” When the disciples first come upon this man…they all began to speculate what sin must have befallen this man, but unlike the earlier healing of the lame man…this ailment was not because of sin. Think about it…His whole life he lived blind, many people must have persecuted him and called him an evil man. (for that is what most people thought of if you had disabilities…it must have been sin). Yet, Jesus would blow this thinking out of the water! We have all had tragic things happen in our live, haven’t we? It’s never easy dealing with such things, but don’t ever forget this story. Tragedy can often glorify God! The tragedy of Christ did exactly that….whatever tragic things happen in our lives, remember that God works for the good (Rom. 8:28). So the next time we want to cry out to God…”Why God…Why Me?”…perhaps God is going to use you for a much bigger purpose.