The men who were sent to guard the tomb of Jesus had a harder job than they imagined. They had little idea that the tomb was not up to the task of containing Immanuel (God with us); that God had in mind to reboot all creation on that morning starting with raising Jesus; that Love could not be so easily be extinguished. The power of the resurrection has been shared with you and me, and “since we have been raised with Christ” (Col. 3:1) we have nothing to fear in this world ever again, not even death. For God, Love, Life have the final word over all things.
We live in a world where we know things about each other, but we don’t know others deeply. We see surface details like position, looks, titles, but do not see the human before us at least not as God sees. In the Gospel according to John, Jesus and his disciples encounter a “man who was born blind.” That is how the world sees him. But Jesus sees more and restores his sight not just so he can see the world around him, but so he can see God standing before him. God sees us in our failures, with our faults; God sees beyond our struggles and the opinions of the world. When God sees us, and seeks us out, God can give us the sight we need to see God in our midst. That is what happens to a “man born blind” in John’s gospel. Jesus sees him, seeks him out and gives him not just the ability to use his eyes, but to see God standing before him. This sermon proclaims a God who sees us, that we might see God.