When you experience sudden darkness, it takes time for your eyes to adjust. If you attempt to find your way without allowing your eyes to catch up to the lack of light, you might stumble. With sudden darkness often come hidden obstacles posing a threat of hindrance. Only when we see clearly can we avoid them.
In our text, Jesus gives sight to a man who was born blind. Sure, having lived a lifetime of blindness, he has bumped into his share of obstacles. Yet, his willingness to take Jesus at his word was enough to cause light to shine on his darkened world.
Throughout John’s Gospel the contrast of light and darkness plays a prominent role. The darkness of sin has brought the world to the brink of death. In Christ, however, there is light. Those who walk in sin will surely stumble, for there is nothing we can do on our own to overcome the darkness. But those who walk by faith in Christ walk in the most brilliant light, the light which no darkness can overcome.
Prayer: Shine you light upon me, Lord Jesus. Amen.