Opened Eyes


John 9: 18-34

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"

His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself. His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner."

He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."

They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?"

Then they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from."

The man answered, "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" And they drove him out.

Scripture Focus

The man replied, ‘This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes!’” The Message

Opened Eyes

As a child I remember hearing the grownups say, “Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear.” I also remember that any statement I made as a child usually required confirmation… back up… from a responsible adult. I believe the Pharisees were operating under that saying as well, as they demanded proof. We still find it hard today to believe what someone tells us, so we seek confirmation from others, specific proof, saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

First, they didn’t believe what he told them. They demanded that his parents provide the information. When his parents responded that he was a grown man who could speak for himself, they asked him again to tell his story.
As far as I can tell, this man wasn’t theologically trained. He could have been an academic dropout. He wasn’t among those chosen to walk with and learn from Jesus. In fact, he had only recently heard of Jesus. But… he stood before the most powerful and learned religious men of that day and witnessed to them. He couldn’t speak as eloquently as them; he didn’t have flowcharts, brochures and flyers. He simply told them what had happened to him… when he met Jesus.
What keeps us from speaking from that same level of conviction? What keeps us from being convicted and bold witnesses to others of all that Jesus has done for us?
We each have a story to tell. It might not be dramatic, but if we have met Christ, we have a valuable witness to share with others. I wish we would all respond like this man did. I hope that we will follow his example and never, ever be afraid to share what Jesus has done for us and means to us.
As for me, I once was blind, but now I see!


Lord, open our eyes so that we may see the vision you have for us. Open our hearts to feel the love you have for all. Open our mouths to speak of you and your saving grace. In the name of the One who sacrificed it all for us, we pray. Amen.

Rev. Sylvester Weatherall is Directing Pastor at Grace and Kumler United Methodist churches in Springfield.