John 9:14-17 : It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.” Some therefore of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was division among them. Therefore they asked the blind man again, “What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
This healing that Jesus performed opened the door for the possibility that Jesus was for real. Jesus healing of the man born blind caused a division within the Pharisees. Some began to believe that Jesus may actually be from God. God used this man’s blindness and later his healing as a way to “speak” to the hearts of some of them. The division must have really confused them. The thing that I find interesting about this passage is that when these “experts” couldn’t figure out what happened, the resorted to asking the blind man what He thought. It is highly unlikely that this man who was blind his whole life was a legal expert, but He did know what it was like to have been blind and then be able to see.
The blind man was ready to speak and declared that Jesus was a prophet. In this way, this man who was blind became a leader to those who couldn’t see who Jesus was.
This is God’s way. He takes small, seemingly insignificant things, and makes them into important, life-altering things. We are all extremely important to God. No detail is too small for Him and our lives, no matter how insignificant they may seem, may be used for God’s glory.
Consider an apple seed. Before it is planted it just looks like a little dead thing without much to offer. Many years after it is planted, it grows into a tree that becomes a home for birds, gives shade and beauty, and provides more apples many years to come. God does this with us. We should not mistake our time as a seed as the end of our reason for existence. Sometimes we can’t see what our purpose is until much later.
This seeing blind man has more to say later, but now, we will have to go back to court…