34 They answered and said to him, “You were born completely in sin, and are you teaching us?” Then they threw him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, and when he found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 That person answered and said, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?”
37 Jesus answered, “You have seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38 “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped him.
39 Then Jesus said, “I came into this world to execute judgment; the results will be the ones not seeing will see and the ones seeing will become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”
41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We are seeing,’ your sin stays.
disabilities and judgment
I have been limping around for a long time now due to what my doctor says is a torn meniscus in one knee. Until just recently, the pain was such that I had to wear a brace and use crutches. Something interesting happened in my mind. I felt self-conscious when walking. I felt like some people around me were trying to avoid me because of the limp. I know it is merely a physical disability, but what I know and what I feel are two different things.
This man who had been born blind knew the discrimination all his life. Even now, that he had the good fortune to come across Jesus and be restored, he still knows it. People looked at his disability as a judgment from God.
But Jesus used this opportunity to teach us all that the real judgment is upon the ones who discriminate. It is those who proudly dismiss the formerly blind man who are being condemned. The real judgment that Jesus is involved in today is upon those who reject who Jesus is. God’s grace is being poured out on those who seek to see, and depend on God’s revelation in Christ.
Lord, we believe, and worship you.