Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Jesus heals a man from blindness, and the Pharisees cast that man away. Later, Jesus finds the man, and through this encounter the man believes in Him. This is where our scripture today picks up, with Jesus finishing His talk with this man as some Pharisees listen in. Even though the man who was healed was physically blind, he was not ultimately spiritually blind. In his dialog with Jesus, the man is humbled and eager to believe. He does not stand before Jesus asking Him to prove Himself, or show another sign. When Jesus asks him if he believes in the “Son of Man”, he does not require proof! His response is, “Who is he, sir? Tell me so that I may believe in him.” He is ready to believe! The Pharisees, on the other hand, are not ready. They are blinded by their confidence in their own sight, and found guilty because of it.