John 9 recounts the story of a man born blind.
John 9:1–3 (ESV)
9 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Stanley Hauerwas comments:
I should like to think that Jesus anticipates my enlightened response to his disciples’ question because he refuses to accept the premise that this man’s blindness had anything to do with sin. But unfortunately he rejects that premise for reasons that are even more offensive to my enlightened sensibilities than the suggestion that this man’s blindness might be due to sin. Jesus says that this man was born blind so that God’s work might be revealed in him. I am embarrassed by the suggestion that anyone was born blind, reduced to begging, in order that Jesus might show he had the power to heal. It is all well and good for Jesus to claim that he is “the light of the world,” but he could have said that without this man’s blindness.
He then draws the conclusion:
Jesus then makes clear what has been clear from the beginning of this extraordinary episode— he has come into the world that those who do not see may see and those who do see may become blind. Some of the Pharisees hearing this ask rhetorically if Jesus meant to suggest they might be blind. Jesus responds that because they think they see, because they assume they are already in the light, they remain blinded by the light.
Given the alternatives, if we had to identify with anyone in this narrative, most of us, I suspect, would choose to be the man born blind. But remember our reaction to Jesus’s statement that this man had been born blind in order that God’s work might be revealed in him. Even after we have been healed by Jesus I suspect most of us could not help but feel a bit misused. Which is another reminder of what a radical transformation is required, particularly for those of us who pride ourselves on being enlightened, if we are to see Jesus as the very Son of Man and Son of God.
Hauerwas, Stanley (2009-07-01). A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching (p; 35 & 38). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.