“Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” —John 9:32
Our Lord Jesus did for him what never had been done before for any man. This pleasing fact seems to me to be full of consolation to any persons here present who labour under the idea that theirs is a most peculiar and hopeless case. It probably is not so solitary and special a case as you think; but even if we grant your supposition, there is no room for despair since Jesus delights to open up new paths of grace. Our Lord is inventive in love; he devises new modes of mercy. It is his joy to find out and relieve those whose miserable condition has baffled all other help. His mercy is not bound by precedents. He preserves a freshness and originality of love. If you can find no instance in which a person like yourself has ever been saved you should not, therefore, conclude that you must necessarily be lost; but, rather, you should believe in him who doeth great wonders, yea, and marvels unsearchable in the way of grace. He doeth as he wills, and his will is love. Have hope that inasmuch as he sees in you a singular sinner, he will make of you a singular trophy of his power to pardon and to bless. It was so with this man’s eyes: if never eyes that had been born blind were opened before, Jesus Christ would do it, and the greater would be the glory brought to his name by the miracle. Jesus does not need shewing the way, He loves to strike out paths for himself, and the greater the room for his mercy the better he likes the road.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday morning, August 11, 1872
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 18, Sermon #1065
“The Healing of One Born Blind”