Christ – The Only Cure for Blindness
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thy hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles: to open the blind eyes..” – (Is.42:6,7).
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And said unto him, Go wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent). He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him” – (Jn.9:1,5,6,7,35-38).
The Lord Jesus shows us with a whole chapter in (Jn.9), 41 verses, of the blindness of the human race. The man was blind from his birth. What a pitiable object. To lose an arm or a leg is a serious handicap, but the loss of sight is far more so. And this man had never seen. How many enjoyments was he cut off from? Into what a narrow world did his affliction confine him. But there is something infinitely more awful than physical blindness, and that is spiritual blindness.
This chapter shows us that Christ is the Son of God and that He saves sinners and cures them from their blindness of sin. He came as a light into this world, to open the blind eyes of believing sinners – to turn them from darkness to light. How accurately this blind man portrays the terrible condition of the natural man. The sinner is blind spiritually. His understanding is darkened and his heart and mind is blinded. “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” – (Eph.4:18). Because of this he cannot see the awfulness of his condition: he cannot see his imminent danger: he cannot see his need of a Savior. “Except a man be born again he cannot see…” – (Jn.3:3).
Christ would cure this blind man, the representative of a blind world, because He came to be the light of the world, not only to give light but to give sight. Light and sight go together. Our physical eyes become more and more blind as the light gets dimmer and dimmer. He gives us insight (discernment coupled with understanding) and farsight (see into the future) and nearsight (see near things clearly) and hindsight (discernment after something happens) and foresight (foreseeing the future in order to act wisely). But first we need to be cross-eyed and get saved and receive inward spiritual sight and inner vision and throw out the television. Why is the world in the mess it’s in with Armageddon on the horizon? Because worldly people are blind sinners – they are totally blind from their birth. And they reject the only cure for their blindness – being born again through Christ.
Our spiritual sight does not come by our natural eyes but by the inward eyes of faith – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – (Heb.11:1). “For we walk by faith, not by sight” – (2 Cor.5:7). The natural man wants to worship God with his natural eyes through images but idolatry is an abomination in the sight of God. He wants to ‘see’ beautiful churches and colorful vestments and robes, but he is spiritually blind. In order to receive spiritual sight, we must exercise faith in God’s Son which is well pleasing in God’s sight. The Holy Spirit in us gives us God’s sight.
A disciple is a student, a learner, a pupil who follows Christ the Master Teacher. A pupil is also the little, round black circle in the iris of your eyes where light enters the eye. When you’re born again, you’re given Spiritual sight and the light of God enters your body and you become a pupil of Christ. You use the pupil of your eyes to study the Bible and grow up from a babe in Christ to a mature Christian, one grade at a time.
Not only was he blind, but he was a beggar. That is another picture that so accurately portrays sinners. Man cannot buy salvation, we are dependent upon the free gift of God. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). The blind beggar received the gift of God, the Lord Jesus, and was cured of his blindness and saved from his sins and lives forever. “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dung hill…” – (I Sam.2:8).
The natural man is born blind spiritually and he needs to be born again of the Holy Spirit in order to be cured of his spiritual blindness – he needs to be saved by Jesus Christ. It’s not a matter of mending his glasses (reformation), or of correcting his vision (education and culture), or of eye ointment (religion). None of these things can reach the root of the trouble, and sin is the root cause of his blindness. Man is a “transgressor from the womb” – (Is.48:8), “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” – (Ps.51:5). Man needs a savior from the time he draws his first breath. All of us need to obey Christ blindly so that He can cure us of our blindness. Man is blind from the womb – blind from his birth.
Christ had to touch the blind man, and the blind man had to obey Christ. Christ must touch our spiritual vision and bring new sight to the dead spiritual optic nerve. If you are not born again in Christ and Christ has not touched your eyes, you are not seeing. The problem is that the spiritually blind don’t know they are blind. They are blinded by Satan, the God of this world – “But if our gospel he hid, it his hid to them that are lost: in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” – (2 Cor.4:3,4).
The apostle Paul was blinded by the light of
Christ on his wicked way to
I’m reminded of Fanny Crosby, the blind saint of God who wrote 8000 Christian hymns. When she was six weeks old she got inflammation of her eyes and was blind till she died at 95 years of age. She was never bitter about her disability. At the age of nine she wrote this poem –
Oh what a happy soul I am,
Although I cannot see;
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t.
Many years later after Christ saved her she remarked: “It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me. When I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.” We sing the spiritual songs of this blind woman in churches worldwide. Oh, Fanny Crosby was not really blind, she was saved and touched by the Lord Jesus and given spiritual sight, which is infinitely more important. Eliza Hewitt memorialized Fanny’s death in a poem in 1915;
Away to the country of sunshine and song,
Our songbird has taken her flight,
And she who has sung in the darkness so long
Now sings in the beautiful light.
When we’re born again, we no longer sing the worldly songs of Bing Crosby but the spiritual songs of Fanny Crosby – “Blessed assurance’ and ‘How Great Thou Art.” Thank you Fanny Crosby.
So many church members are spiritually blind today. They are not walking around with a white cane, but they are blind. They have been born blind and have never been born again with spiritual sight. They’ve never had their eyes opened by Christ. So many pastors are spiritually blind – “Let them alone; they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” – (Mt.15:14). These blind, unsaved ministers of Satan – (2 Cor.11:13-15), will lead many into the bottomless pit, burning with fire and brimstone. They are blind watchman – (Is.56:10).
Eyes closed speak of death and eyes opened speak of life. When God raised the Shunamite woman’s son to life, he opened his eyes (2 Kings ) and when God raised Dorcas to life, immediately she opened her eyes – (Acts ). And when you’re truly saved, you’re born again and God opens your spiritual eyes. You have passed from death to life. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” – (Jn.5:24). Yes, because of sin, we are spiritually blind from our birth, but when we receive our new birth from Christ we can see spiritually.
The born again Christian can say with this man whom Christ healed of blindness – “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see”– (Jn.9:25). Whereas we were dead in trespasses and sins now we are alive unto God. Dear reader, if you do not know that you have become a new creature in Christ, I urge you to find a quiet place and get on your knees and repent of your sins and believe on Christ for forgiveness of sins. Jesus said, “ye must be born again” and all that are truly saved become born again. Born again describes what happens to you when you have true salvation. When this happens to you, then you too can say, “Whereas I was blind, now I see.” Like John Bunyan you can truthfully sing –
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.
Let Christ anoint your eyes with the oil of the Holy Spirit and you will become one of God’s anointed ones – (I Jn.2:20,27). “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened” – (Eph.1:18).
Jesus is the only cure for blindness.
Be saved so you can see.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76
Tucson, AZ 85705
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