Hey! Aren’t You the Blind Man? | Part 1: Good Things Happen When Jesus Passes By
August 28, 2020
August 28, 2020
As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him. We must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After he said these things he spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So, he left, washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:1-7)
Recently, Rhonda and I took three of our grandkids, Benjamin, Judah and Ellie, to see Browder play baseball. (Browder is another of our grandkids.) The baseball fields are right by the airport, and as we neared the fields and airport, we saw planes taking off and landing. We pointed them out to the kids because airplanes are still a novelty when you’re 2, 4 and 6. We would say, “Look, there’s an airplane taking off!” or “Look, there’s an airplane landing!”
Ellie, who is all of two years old but going on 18, was still in her car seat, but she desperately wanted to see the airplanes. She struggles. She looks around. She was so afraid that she was missing something, Ellie cried out, “I can’t see it! I can’t see it!”
We would try to help her by pointing out where the airplanes were. Of course, the planes were moving, up and down, and sometimes she saw them; sometimes she didn’t.
After a while, we heard Ellie say “I can’t see it! I can’t see it!” so many times that we were quite amused. Of course, I was thinking, “Hmmm could this be a sermon illustration?”
But think about this man the apostle John saw and wrote about in John 9. The words, “I can’t see it! I can’t see it!” were literally true of everything in his life. These words had been true every single day of his life, because he was born blind. When this man’s parents and grandparents heard him say, “I can’t see it!” it wasn’t amusing. It was tragically sad.
But then Jesus just happened to pass by. Good things happen when Jesus “passes by.”
At some point in our lives before we meet Jesus, we’re all like Ellie: “I can’t see it! I can’t see it!” But then Jesus passes by. We see Him, for He is the Light of the world.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.