How often have we jumped to the wrong conclusion about suffering in our lives? Here was a man born blind. With no social welfare available, all he could do was sit and beg. It was a pitiful sight for the disciples, and they jumped to the wrong conclusion, thinking he or his parents must have sinned to be in such a condition!
Jesus revolutionized their thinking with an entirely different perspective! He said that the man was blind “so the power of God could be seen in him!” Our weaknesses in life are the platform for God to show Himself mighty! In our weakness, His strength is made perfect. Your strengths may impress others; but, if you’ll let Him, God will use your weaknesses to influence them.
Jesus took compassion on the man and used the miracle for a message on spiritual blindness. After spitting on the ground and making mud with His saliva, Jesus spread the mud over the eyes of the blind man. Jesus then told the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. When he did, the Bible says he came back seeing! There’s nothing like a little irritation to make you seek cleansing, is there?
This man had no idea who Jesus was; He had never seen Him. When you read the story, you discover the greater miracle comes at the end. Later, Jesus finds the man and asks him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?" The man replied, "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.” John 9:37-38 (NKJV).
The miracle was twofold. He was given both physical and spiritual sight! The miracle he thought he needed most led him to the miracle he really needed most, a personal relationship with the source of miracles!