When the Joy-Stealers Show Up

Jesus was sent to humanity with a mission, the reasons were many.  As we look into the account of the blind man who received sight we can see three reasons why Jesus was sent:

Sent to Heal

Jesus and His disciples come upon a blind man begging.  The disciples first question was what did he do?  What did his parents do?  Surely someone sinned, someone must be to blame.  We always want to lay down blame, don’t we?

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 

Blind from birth, for this moment, that the works of God would be revealed.

We see Jesus move in an unexpected way.  He makes a clay, mixing the dirt of the ground with His own saliva. Placing the clay on the blind man’s eyes He tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam, which means Sent. 

The responsibility now lies with the blind man, he must obey.

  • We do not hear him question.
  • We do not see him try to wash his eyes at the well or any anther pool.

As a result, he once was blind, but now he sees.  This once blind beggar, now finds himself the talk of the town.

Sent to Reveal Truth

The Pharisees, or should we call them the joy-stealers,  swoop in and they begin asking questions.  They are going to try to discount this man’s miracle:

  • They try to say Jesus was working on the Sabbath
  • They try to say Jesus is a sinner

They question the healed man, they question his parents, they bring the man back in a second time for questioning.  Finally, our once blind friend says these priceless words to the Pharisees –

 “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”  John 9:27

No matter how the Pharisees tried they could not disprove what was true.  Our friend was once blind – but now he sees. No one was stealing his joy!

Sent to Open Blind Eyes

Even though our friend has received his physical sight, his spiritual eyes have remained closed.  Jesus decides it’s time for a one-on-one.

Jesus asks , “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

The man answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”

Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. 

Jesus could have healed the man and went on His way, but even more, Jesus was concerned with his spiritual eyes.  Did he believe that it was the Son of God, who healed him?   In that moment, face to face with Jesus his spiritual eyes were opened.

As we walk with Jesus in this life, we will have moments where we experience Him as Healer.  Others may refuse to believe it and even try to steal our joy, by trying to insert doubt.

We must be firm and fearless, standing for truth.  As we stand firm with the One who was sent for us, Jesus will rise as the Revealer of Truth.  We will see the blind eyes around us, opened.