1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
The man born blind is a remarkable miracle in which Jesus heals a blind man who was born from birth. The disciples asked Jesus if his blindness was due to his sin or the sin of his parents. It is a strange question since we can’t really pinpoint sin on a baby who cannot see. Jesus creates a teaching moment and says that the works of God might be displayed through the blind man. The blind man continued on to testify what Jesus has done for him.
The Apostle Paul had a thorn in his side and he asked for it to be taken away. It was not taken away so that God’s power can be shown through Paul’s weakness. It is very much the same in our lives where we can have our weaknesses and the works of God might be displayed through our lives. We can also testify like the blind man to continue to tell people of what Jesus has done in our lives. We may not be physically healed, but God can and will demonstrate his power through our life and transform us spiritually so that we are spiritually healed.