I love to read the words of the man born blind. His reasoning was very simple and logical and it drove the religious leaders crazy. His parents refused to answer questions about his healing because they feared the leaders in the temple. I’m sure they were thrilled that their blind son could now see, but they stopped short of publicly recognizing Jesus because of that fear.
Not so with their son – he publicly proclaimed what had happened to him. First he told the people who knew him as a blind man that he was the same person. Then he told the Pharisees, who questioned him twice. The first time, they argued among themselves about the significance of this healing and whether Jesus could be from God. Then they questioned the man again, then his parents, then then came back to the man again for a very animated exchange.
24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this,[b] because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”
25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
26 “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?”
27 “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”
28 Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! 29 We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”
30 “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. 32 Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”
34 “You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.
First they attempted to invalidate his claims by pointing out that Jesus was a sinner. The man refuted this by pointing to his healing. Then they attempted to trip him up in his words, but he was not dissuaded. Then they cursed him and claimed their own religious credentials. Finally, they could only insult him and ended up throwing him out of the synagogue.
Then Jesus approached him again, to invite him to believe. It is clear from his argument with the religious leaders that, ironically, this was not a man that followed others blindly so that he could have their approval. When Jesus challenged him, he responded differently than his parents, who recognized that their son was healed but refused to give glory to God.
38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.
39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”
Not only did he commit to faith in Jesus, he immediately worshipped Jesus as Messiah. He was not held back by the structures of his day. As Jesus pointed out, he was able to see Jesus for who He was.