This miracle, perhaps the most extended coverage of a miracle in the Bible, has fascinated me for years. I’ve had the joy of going through this entire ninth chapter of John with several groups of lifers in CIU’s prison initiative.
There is so much in this story that deserves our attention. We notice in verse 1 that Jesus sees “a man blind from birth.” How did He know the man was blind from birth? Of course, as God the Son He knew everything. But from a human point of view, how did He know?
It’s possible that the disciples were told by others that the man was born blind. I think it likely that this man, who had to live the life of a beggar, might have had a particular begging cry, something like, “BORN BLIND! I WAS BORN BLIND! Please help me!”
When you think about tragedies in life, being born blind has got to be toward the top of the list. But such tragedies do not take God by surprise. In fact, we read in Exodus 4 (when Moses is making his excuses that he is not eloquent enough to speak to Pharaoh): “11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
What tragedy have you experienced in your life? As the old hymn says, “Jesus knows all about your sorrows . . .” Nothing takes the Lord by surprise. And He SEES you in your difficulty. (to be continued)