Friends, today’s Gospel records Jesus healing a blind man at Bethsaida. That Jesus was a wonderworker is taken for granted in the Gospels. Along with his preaching and his death on the cross, his working of miracles is one of the surest and most basic things we know about him.
He preached in order to share the truth of God’s kingdom; he went to the cross in order to demonstrate the range of the divine love; he worked miracles because he was the embodiment of Yahweh’s desire to save his people.
Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf cleared. Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.”
These are tremendous words, expressive of Israel’s hope in the saving God. God intends life and abundant life for his people, and he is impatient with a world gone wrong. He longs to set it right, to recreate what sin and fear and death have uncreated.