This is a strange verse, and one that has been misinterpreted and misquoted often.
Jesus had just been asked if it was the sin of the man himself or the sin of his parents that had caused him to be blind from birth.
It was a common view at the time, and still is in some quarters now, that an individual’s sin can cause sickness, disease and misfortune.
Now this can be the case sometimes, when sin opens a door for the enemy to allow him to bring sickness upon someone, but it is not always the case.
Jesus reply was quite strange; he said neither him nor his parents had sinned.
Now, the Word says that everyone that has ever lived (apart from Jesus) has sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3 v 23).
So the words of Jesus cannot be taken to mean that, He must mean that it was not their individual sin that caused the blindness.
He then goes on to seemly say that he was made blind in order for him to be healed, or the works of God to be made manifest.
Now I do not think this is what Jesus is saying due to many other passages of Scripture that tell us God is a good God and does not put illness or disease on people (see many previous DIGs).
It is not a correct interpretation to say he was made blind in order to be healed, that is just not logical (as well as not being Biblical).
So what is Jesus saying here?
Well, my understanding of this verse (being rightly divided along with other verses) is that Jesus is saying, “It was not their individual sin that was to blame, and whatever the cause I am going to show God’s glory by healing him”.
Jesus could only do the will of the Father and if we see Jesus we see God; Jesus only healed and never put illness on people.
To say God made the man blind so that Jesus could heal him is perverse, and goes against the true mature of God.
Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil, not destroy the work of God (1 John 3 v 8).
Because sin is in the world and because of the enemy we have see such conditions as blindness, but Jesus came to destroy the effects of sin and the works of the devil.
Making blind eyes open was one of the signs that Jesus was who He claimed to be; He came to destroy the works of the devil, He was the Messiah.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are our Healer, and thank you for the healing power that flows because of the finished work of Jesus Christ”.
John 9 v 3…..Jesus answered , Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him