John 9:32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.
In the gospel of John, there are no miracles, except for those which point to something greater, that is they all point to a central important point. They all point out that this Jesus, is the one who is to come the promised Messiah. Today’s text is a fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah42:6-7 I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
There are 2 things which are important when it comes to seeing, first our eyes must work properly, and the second is that we must enough light that our eyes can work. We do not think about either of these, as if we need more light we turn on another switch, and for the most part, our eyes work just fine. Its easy to take both our eyes and light for granted. But it is not so, to someone who sits in darkness, because something is wrong with his eyes, or because there is no light; if there is an opportunity to see, they will do whatever is necessary.
It is perhaps surprising – that someone should spit on the ground and make mud, and then put that mud in someone’s eyes – and then tell them to go wash – that is not the way would expect the blind to receive their sight. Isn’t there a response from deep within that says, oh, yuk – keep that out of my eyes and away from me.
And that is part of the problem, for there are some who are blind because they refuse the cure – and there are others who remain blind, because they insist that they can see just fine. But to those who will receive the help which is offered, they are healed, their sight is restored. This is what God wishes for all people. God sent Jesus because all people need what Jesus brings. Jesus is the savior of the world, yet though Jesus died for all, some continue to perish.
Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.
What does this mean?1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If you do not confess your sins, how can they be forgiven? If you do not confess your blindness, how will you be enlightened, and given true sight?