John's Gospel -a new look no 14
Healing of the man born blind
Jn.9:1-41 Seeing with spiritual eyes.
Everything Jesus did on a physical level had a spiritual meaning. The healing of the man born blind raised several important issues. The first was what sin had resulted in his condition, highlighting the misconception that existed at that time that illness was the result of sin. Jesus immediately puts that belief to the sword; “his blindness has nothing to do with his sin or the sin of his parents”.(vs.3)
The statement that Jesus then makes that the man was born blind so that God’s power can be demonstrated, was not so much an argument on cause and effect, as an illustration that even from bad things good can come.
The Pharisees then used the healing to attack Jesus on the Sabbath issue. According to them Jesus had broken the Sabbath law. The Sabbath law was intended by God to be a day of rest for those who worked hard all week, but the Jewish leaders had contaminated it with a ridiculous set of laws and regulations that had nothing to do with what God intended it to be.
Their logic, that was faulty at best, was then used to condemn Jesus as a sinner and so prove that he could not have performed the healing, a miracle that was obvious to everyone except the really blind, the Pharisees themselves. Even they must have been embarrassed by their ridiculous argument.
Jesus answers their question “Surely you don’t mean that we are blind too?’’ with the statement that since they claimed that they could see they were then guilty.(vs.41) Spiritual blindness was a serious condition in the world then and is so today. John in his gospel testifies to the one who brought light and sight into the world – Jesus, who opened the eyes of the man born blind and also offers you and me spiritual sight.