In John 9:1-41 we read the miraculous account of Jesus restoring the sight to a man who has been blind from birth. As is so characteristic of the book of John, Jesus represents light in the world, while some others around him contrast darkness.
Specifically in this story, a man who was blind from birth, who only ever knew darkness is now, not only revealed Jesus (the Light of the World) but also literal light in the physical world we live in. However, the Pharisees, who by every account ought to know and recognize “The Light” when they see it, can’t seem to understand who Jesus is. In this story roles are reversed, Sabbath is certainly treated as holy. Indeed Jesus fully restores the man on that sacred day.
During Lent it is important to learn about the teacher Jesus, to understand what kind of Messiah he is, and to notice his servant-leadership. When the man born blind is questioned about his healing he replies, “Whether he [Jesus] is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25). The gracious and loving God we serve moves and works in mysterious ways. But we can be absolutely certain of God’s faithfulness, we can be certain of God’s love, we can be certain that God brings restoration when we are broken.
Let us turn our eyes towards Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2)