Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I[a] must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Imagine not being able to see your parents or for that matter to look in the mirror and see nothing but pitch black darkness.
As I read this scripture, I can’t help but think of my own spiritual blindness before I came to know Christ as Lord and Savior. It reminded me of how clueless I was about God, and how confused I had been in the 38 years prior to my conversion. You don’t realize how much you’re in darkness, until you begin to see light.
It’s just not in our DNA.
We are all born into “spiritual” blindness from birth. Just like the man in the above scripture who was born physically without visual sight from birth and was in complete and total darkness, so are we and so was I.
None of us came into this world from our mother’s womb screaming “yay Jesus”! Left up to us, we never would. We’re just not capable saying yes to the things of God on our own. It’s just not in our DNA. We see this played out in our world today, in how anything that is remotely tied to the principles of God and the Bible, are considered a threat that needs to be removed.
Our blindness can only be visible when we come into contact with someone who has the light of Christ. God in His grace, will send people who have His light to bring His truth. Someone did that for me and I became very aware of my own blindness.
For this man in the above scripture, He came into contact with the Light of the world. Jesus healed him of His physical blindness so that he know longer walked in darkness.
We would do well to remember that it is truly by God’ grace that many of us can physically see our faces in a mirror. That we are able to see our hands, feet, our children, the beautiful colors of the sky, flowers, etc… But let’s also remember that we too are in darkness spiritually from birth. This man’s blindness was a physical manifestation of what we all are…that is…
Until we come into the light of Christ and His Word that is able to penetrate our spiritual darkness, and bring us into His marvelous light! 1 Peter 2:9