The Lord who had made the Universe — how should he show it but as the Healer did? He could not make the universe over again in the eyes of every man.
He must reveal himself as the God who set things, things that had gone wrong, right again. Now that could be done in the eyes of each person. Wouldn’t this reveal that God was here with us? Here we see him giving relief to the young son of a man who had given up on a cure. Now, the man has seen him heal his son from a distance.
No one saw it happen. It was not for show. What moved the man to faith? His love for his son. He who loves can believe what he who loves not, cannot believe; and he who loves most, can believe the most. The man returned home and was told that the boy got better at a certain time. Only this man knew that this was the exact time Jesus told him his son would live.
This is about a God who is not limited. He is not afar off. He may be unseen but is not uncaring. There is no distance with God, though it looks like it to us. When Jesus cured like this, it has the same appearance as God’s ordinary healing. Who heals you? My body heals itself, you might say. But why should it?
Now think of the son. He is told how he was healed by the word of Jesus. He never met him. But his father is a reliable fellow and tells him how God did this. How is that different than if someone tells us how God did this or that for them? Or how God changed everything in their life with a word. We have been healed many times. You looked down some time later and your injury was healed.
Just because the sun rises each day is no reason to think it’s not marvelous. We have been personally gifted by God. We received the gift of sight just like the man born blind. We just forgot. Are the eyes that see everyday less wonderful than the ones that opened on the world for that man who had never seen anything? Eyes are wonderful at any time.
And the God who gave us all gifts wants to give us more. Every good gift is from God whenever we receive it. We know there are things wrong in this world. And Jesus put things right as he found them wrong. But he didn’t force anything on anyone. If you think all is well with you, forget about God. You don’t need him. But the one that finds wrongness in this world sees something. The one that finds wrongness in themselves sees even more. And that person needs the Healer. They need something put right.