Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” 3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”
I also love the concept of verse 1: "Jesus saw a blind man." I love the idea that Jesus sees us when we can't see him. And to that point that he was born blind, it’s helpful to remember that we are all born like this man—we are born blind, spiritually blind. We are all spiritually blind to God and the things of God.
It's not just that we didn't see Jesus. We couldn't see Him. Thank God for His light! Jesus is basically saying to them, "You're asking the wrong question…"
Wow that's amazing. And the disciples are like, "let's have a theological discussion about why he's blind.” But Jesus doesn’t discuss why He’s blind, but rather steps in and just heals the man. Haha, Jesus is the best! And He doesn't even bother explain it — He shows it. He instead talks about the urgency of our mission.
Wow, and I love how He goes about showing it. Surely this would have been the "first time" anyone spit, made clay out of dust, and pasted it over the blinds man's eyes for them to receive. It made me think about our job as the church: "do whatever it takes to make people see Jesus.”
It's not necessarily about how people see, but that they see. He gives us His light, to restore our sight. God wants us to be creative.