Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains. John 9:35-41 ESV
[Daniel wrote:] “As I looked,
thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.
“I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 ESV
Robin Hood, according to the way some people tell the story, lived in Sherwood Forest at the time when King Richard was off fighting in the Crusades. Robin Hood was angry at the injustices the people of England lived under, and especially the poorest people, whose land and means of living were often stolen from them by Prince John and other wicked rulers. Robin Hood expected that some day King Richard would return and set right what was wrong. But when King Richard did return, he met Robin while he was in disguise, and Robin didn’t recognize him at first. It was only when King Richard revealed himself that Robin Hood knew who he was, and immediately pledged his loyalty to him, while the King gave Robin his royal pardon. King Richard judged and punished the evil rulers who had been disloyal to him and oppressed his people.
This is only a story, but it’s a little bit like the end of the story of the man born blind. This man believed that Jesus was a prophet sent from God, but he didn’t know any more about him. But Jesus found him and talked to him some more, and told him that he was the Son of Man. Jesus was saying that he was the promised Savior, who would be given glory and judgment by God, the Ancient of Days, that the prophet Daniel had talked about. The man born blind immediately believed in Jesus and worshiped him when he knew who he was. Jesus said he had come into the world for judgment, and that those who thought they saw the truth were really blind, but those who believed in him became able to see. The religious leaders couldn’t believe that they were blind to who Jesus was, but the Lord sternly told them that because they thought they saw the truth, but really didn’t, they were the ones who were blind.
Everyone who sees the mighty Son of Man disguised in the man Jesus receives pardon for all their sins, but people who don’t see who Jesus really is will be judged by him. Jesus came to give his life for the sins of all people, and he wants all people to come to him for forgiveness and life. But some people refuse to believe in Jesus, and in their blindness they will be judged for rejecting their Savior. God the Holy Spirit helps people to be healed of their blindness and to see what Jesus has done for them, and to become God’s people now and always.
Dear Jesus, thank you for helping us to see and believe in you. Amen.