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Blind Man: Do you believe in the Son of Man?


John Newton, the man converted from being the captain of a slave ship to becoming a preacher of the gospel, was inspired by the key verse from our passage today. He included it in the lyrics of his beloved hymn, “Amazing Grace”: “I once was lost, but now I’m found / was blind, but now I see.”

From the beginning of the account of this healing, Jesus makes it clear that His encounter with the man who was born blind involves more than physical healing. He wants to illustrate truths about sin, spiritual blindness, and the ways that God works in people’s lives.

The disciples wondered whose sin was to blame for this man’s blindness—his own, or his parents. They no doubt thought they were asking a difficult theological question; illness and deformity was often attributed to sin, so was it possible that a newborn had sinned or did the child pay the price for parental sin? The answer was neither—God was at work through this blindness to reveal the light of Jesus.

The Pharisees also missed the point of the miraculous healing. They focused only on a perceived violation of the Sabbath, and decided that they would rather adhere to their religious rules than accept that Jesus had the power of God to heal people blind from birth. When they witnessed the conversation in which Jesus forgave the sins of the man born blind, they persisted in spiritual blindness rather than trust in the Light from heaven who stood before them.

The man born blind, however, chose forgiveness and healing. “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Jesus asked (v. 35). The man responded with worship. Jesus healed the man’s physical eyesight and also corrected his spiritual vision.

Apply the Word

Take some time today to respond to God’s work of forgiveness with worship and praise. Sing or listen to “Amazing Grace” as part of your prayer of thanks to God. The lyrics by John Newton have been paired with different tunes and arranged in a variety of musical styles; no matter what kind of music you prefer, you can be blessed by this powerful testimony to the amazing grace of God.

BY Heather Moffitt, Managing Editor

Heather Moffitt has served as managing editor of Today in the Word since 1999. She loves working with the talented team of writers, editors, and production staff to ensure that insightful devotional studies reach our readers each month. Heather also loves running, whitewater rafting, travel, and singing in a Gospel Choir.

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