After Jesus healed this man blind from birth, it caused quite a stir as we see in this chapter. But through this story, we see a beautiful picture of salvation.
We see, first of all, that this man was blind from birth. In the same way, we also were born spiritually blind and spiritually dead.
Then Jesus came for us. It wasn’t that this blind man sought Jesus. Jesus sought him out, and touched him. And though we, like this blind man, were not even seeking God, he sought us and touched us.
The man was then told to wash in the pool of Siloam, which is a symbol of baptism, both our spiritual baptism in which God washes us of our sin, and of our physical baptism in which we proclaim to the world what God has done for us.
The man now seeing, the change was so dramatic that people could barely recognize him, saying,
Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg? (8)
Some people said yes, other said it couldn’t be, and the man had to insist that it was really him.
People often respond the same way to us after we become Christians. Sometimes the change in us is so dramatic, that people can barely recognize us, and wonder, “Is this really the same person,” giving us the opportunity to give our testimony as this man did.
Like the man, however, we often don’t know so much when we first become Christians. But as time goes on, we start to get a clearer idea of just who Jesus is. To this man, Jesus was first simply, “a man,” then “a prophet,” then finally, “God’s Son.”
But though we give our testimony, and though the change is undeniable, yet some people will reject not only Christ, but us.
And that’s what happened with this man. First they tried to convince the man that Jesus was a sinner, and not from God. But when this man could not be shaken, they rejected him.
Even then, this man’s faith was not shaken. And when Jesus found him again, he fell at Jesus’ feet and worshiped him for the new life he had been given.
Let us be like this man. Grateful for the change that God has brought in our lives. Sharing boldly what we know (limited though it may be) with others. Standing fast in the face of opposition. And ever worshiping and seeking our Savior.