The comparison between the man born blind and the Pharisees in chapter nine is enlightening. First, let's examine the man's statements about Jesus. John 9:11, "The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So, I went and washed and received my sight." John 9:17, "He is a prophet." John 9:25, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." John 9:30-33, "He opened my eyes...God does not listen to sinners but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." John 9:38, "'Lord, I believe,' and he worshiped him."
These are the Pharisee's comments about Jesus. John 9:16, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." John 9:24, "We know this man is a sinner." John 9:29, "As for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The Pharisee's refused to see Jesus as anything other than a man and a sinful man at that from who knows where.
The man born blind's original description of Jesus was merely the "man called Jesus" but quickly proclaimed Him to be a prophet because of the miracle. When confronted by the Pharisees statement that Jesus was a sinner, the man born blind responded with I don't know about him being a sinner. All I know is I was blind until I met Him and now I see. As the Pharisees continued to confront him the man, having thought about the situation, said this man couldn't be a sinner because God listens to those who worship and do His will. Since there has never been a person born blind who received his sight, this man must be from God. When Jesus came to the man after his inquisition by the Pharisees, He told the man born blind He was the "Son of Man" and asked him if he believes that fact. To which the man declared "Lord, I believe and worshipped Jesus.
Both the Pharisees and man born blind began by perceiving Jesus to be just a man. With the same evidence, two completely different opinions were reached. The Pharisees knew this man called Jesus was not from God and a sinner, while the man born blind concluded that Jesus was worthy of worship because He was from God.
Using the disciple's question concerning whose sin caused this man to be blind, Jesus displayed Himself to be the light of the world by removing the darkness for one man and revealing the darkness in others. John 3:19 (NLT) describes that as the inevitable result of Jesus coming. "Judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” The Pharisees willfully refused to see by rejecting the light of Jesus. However, the man born blind responded in obedience to the light of Jesus. That is why Jesus responded to the Pharisees question "Are we also blind?" with "Now that you say, "We see, your guilt remains." The Pharisees thought they saw fine without any help from Jesus. They needed nothing He had to offer while the man born blind realized both his physical sight and spiritual sight came from the light only Jesus provided.
Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to give sight to the blind because I was blind until You caused me to see. Holy Spirit, please open my eyes to see those areas of my life to which I willfully am blind. I want to walk in the light.