“He put mud in my eyes!” “Who did that?” “Well, some guy named Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud, stuck it in my eyes and told me to go wash it out. When I finished washing, all of a sudden I could see!” This man had been born blind and had seen nothing for forty years, but now he could see.
This account found in chapter nine of John is about blindness, but not just natural or physical blindness. A much more profound blindness is exposed. The religious leaders were incensed that Jesus healed on the Sabbath and they refused to believe that he had been healed (if in fact he had been blind), and that it had been done by Jesus. The Pharisees thought Jesus was evil and not from God, but the man who had been healed said, “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” For that he got kicked out of the synagogue, but had a further encounter with Jesus where the question was asked, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” “Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.”
It brought the response Jesus was looking for – Jesus wants to heal all blindness so that all may confess that He is Lord of Heaven and earth and see with clarity.