Hey! Aren’t You the Blind Man? | Part 3: What is Light to a Blind Man?
September 4, 2020
September 4, 2020
“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.” (John 9:2-5)
What was the blind man’s reaction? What do you think the blind man was thinking when he heard Jesus answer this question? What do you think the blind man was feeling when he heard Jesus say that he was the Light of the world?
Was it relief? “Okay, this blindness is not because of my sin; but I’m still blind.”
Do you think he thought of his parents? “Oh this is good. My blindness is not because of my parents’ sin; but I’m still blind.”
Wait, wasn’t there something else that the Teacher said? What is this about His being the light of the world?
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World.”
Dr. Norman Geisler is quoted in a most excellent book, Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ:
“Jesus Christ is the only who lived who claimed to be God and proved to be God. When I compare this to all other claimants of all other religions, it is like the poet who said, ‘The night has a thousand eyes and the day has but one, The light of the whole world dies with the setting of the sun.’
At the midnight of human ignorance, there are a lot of lights in the sky. But at noon time there is only one, and that is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.
So I cast my lot with Him, not with Confucius who claimed wisdom, or the one who claimed enlightenment like Buddha, or the one who claimed to be a prophet like Mohammed, but the One who claimed to be God in the flesh…and proved it.”
Jesus claimed to be the Light of the World. But what is light to a blind man?
Did hope spring up in his heart? Or did despair still reign? Did he think, “Light of the World? What is light?” Did he say to himself, “Work? What work? I can’t work, I’m blind!”
Did he listen to Jesus say, “Night is coming when no one can work,” and say to himself, “Oh, I know all about night and darkness. That’s all I’ve ever known.”
Regardless of what he thought, the blind man obeyed. Jesus told him to go, and so he went.
“Go,” he told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:7)
Feast your seeing eyes on those beautiful words in John 9:7: So he left, washed, and came back seeing.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.