John 9 documents Jesus’ healing of a man who had been blind from birth. Think about that. This man had never been able to see with his physical eyes … until Jesus came along.
As the man grapples with how to understand what has happened and who Jesus really is, he reaches an important conclusion in John 9:33: “If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
This is one of the most important threads to watch for as you read John’s gospel, especially in light of his purpose-statement for the book:
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31)
If this man were not from God, he could do nothing. But… he had turned water into wine. He had healed an official’s son. He had given an invalid the ability to walk. He had fed 5,000 with five barley loaves and two fish. He had walked on the Sea of Galilee. And now, he had healed a man who had been blind from birth.
If this man were not from God, he could do nothing. But these miracles were documented that you may believe. He is the Son of God. There is life in his name. May we be moved to say with the blind man who could now see, “Lord, I believe” (John 9:38).