Summary: A brief message on Christ's healing of the man born blind, contrasting the Pharisees and the man born blind. The man born blind met Christ and was made to see; the Pharisees saw the same miracles and heard the same truth, but left blind.
John 9:5: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The Scripture we just read is hardly the only one that refers to Jesus as the light of the world. An Old Testament prophet pointed to Jesus as the “Sun of righteousness” who would arise “with healing in His wings.” Earlier in the gospel of John, we read that “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
But, in this Scripture, Jesus illustrated his point very powerfully by healing a man who had been born blind — his problem was not that he had seen at one time and gone blind, but he had never seen.
In the gospel of John, we are given a myriad of illustrations to support what Jesus taught, and this is presented to us as an object lesson of what Jesus meant when He said, “I am the light of the world.”
Let’s look at three lessons from this passage about the work of Christ in our lives, and the necessity of a right response to Light.
1. Christ Overcomes Darkness (John 9:3-6)
Jesus made it clear that His purpose was not to simply bring judgment or condemnation against the darkness, but to correct it. The disciples had the same problem many of us have — they wanted to find someone to blame. They asked Jesus who was responsible for this man’s blindness — had his parents done something to warrant it? had he?
Often, we want to take sin and defend it with the blame game:
• I wouldn’t have stolen if I didn’t need it...
• Well, if my employer treated me right...
• They aren’t doing their part...
• My parents never taught me that...
All of that may be true. In this case, Jesus made it clear that it wasn’t the man’s sin or his parents that had caused this, but rather God had allowed or even caused the man to be born blind so that God’s works could be revealed.
But, regardless of who was to blame, the man was still blind. Everything was dark to him. The sun was shining, the leaves were changing, the water was flowing, but he couldn’t see any of it. He still had a desperate problem.
You and I may be able to point to people or circumstances we can legitimately blame for our problems. We can probably even use those people or circumstances to rationalize disobedience to God. But, God is not interested in playing the blame game with us — He is interested in dealing with the problem.
Jesus didn’t play the blame game. Instead, through a two-part process, He healed the man of His blindness!
The disciples were sitting around trying to figure out who had caused the problem. Jesus came not with blame but with a solution.
Jesus isn’t interested in our rationalizations. Sure, we can all point to negative circumstances, and I’m not negating those. But, Christ has the power to take the worst circumstances and somehow turn them into victories of grace.