With this result: he “came home seeing.” In the same way, the man crippled from birth got up at Peter’s word and with his help, and “instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk” (Acts 3.7-8). God requires our faith, not to earn his power but to receive it.
Jesus’ physical healing soon became spiritual. The authorities, with no compassion for the man’s healing, were concerned only that his miracle occurred on the Sabbath. So they wanted to know how he received his sight at the hands of a “sinner” who would break their Sabbath rules. His reply is my favorite witness in Scripture: “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (v. 25). He paid for his faith with expulsion from the synagogue and faith community (v. 34), condemnation which isolated him from his family, friends, and intended future.
But not from Jesus: “Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?'” (v. 35). Just as our Lord initiated the man’s physical healing, so he took the initiative for his spiritual salvation. And the man who had been healed in body was healed in soul (v. 38).
Now you and I are enlisted in Jesus’ continuing work as his spiritual physicians. We are to do for those we know what Jesus did for us. Jesus came to us with urgent compassion. He met our need with his power, and led us to faith. Now we are to do the same for those we can help. Believing all the while that the One who healed blind eyes and blind hearts will use us as his hands today.
Do for others what Jesus did for this blind man. See their need. Be practical in helping meet it. Become Jesus’ hands with urgency, bringing God’s power to their need, calling them to faith in him. Believe that God will use you. And he will.
John Patton was a missionary in the South Pacific in the early 1800’s. After working for a year, not a single person had come to Christ. People attended his Bible studies and nodded approvingly, but would not respond to his invitation to faith. He began to considering a move to another mission field, and prayed that the Lord would give him just one convert. If one man came to Christ, he reasoned, he could move on while knowing that the work would continue there.
For eight years he worked and prayed for that one convert. Then one morning, Patton awoke to see the entire population of the island, 1200 people, assembled near his home. The chief said, “We are all ready to receive Christ.” Patton was stunned. He learned that tribal culture required that no one receive Christ until all were ready. He spent three days baptizing the 1200 converts. He had prayed for one to be saved, but God saved them all.
To open blind eyes, there is only one requirement: we must first open ours.