“He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.””
John 9:25, 28-33 NKJV
To be worldly is to be blind to the workings of God. Until we know the Lord, we stumble about seeking outcomes in the world that are only possible through God. Our own solutions are only temporary, and do not address the deeper issues.
We are unable to see the futility of our efforts, and the longterm consequences. Because we are shortsighted, and have little empathy for others, we only see one side of a given situation, and fail to see the big picture.
The religious leaders in John chapter nine, were missing the big picture, as they had placed God in a box, limited to their own vision. They had made rules for God. When Jesus came along, they could not fathom that this Man, not one of them, could do the works of the Father.
When they encountered the blind man given sight, they quizzed him. He had long been a fixture in the area, and was known to be completely blind, yet here he was seeing and telling of this Jesus who restored him. He was a threat to the status quo. Though the work of Jesus was evident, the authorities sought to discredit.
The disciples had their own blindness, as they believed that the blind man was such due to sin. Jesus told them that it was for the glory of God, that His power be shown.
“And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”
John 9:2-3 NKJV
I have seen many trials in my life, and I can attest that the glory of God has been revealed through each and every one.
Through this miracle of sight to the blind, the works of God were revealed, as those who knew the man born blind, marveled at his new sight. They were seeing the miracle of a God they had heard little about: One who cares for His people.
The religious leaders had worked hard to separate the people from this true God, as it would be obvious that their ministry was not of God and not truely needed. The opening of the blind man’s eyes was an eye opener to those who saw and believed.
It is ironic that these learned men, educated and steeped in Scripture, stumbled about with blind eyes, missing the One of which all the prophecies are written. Yet, this simple man, blind from birth was able to teach them about the work of God, and the holiness of the One who gave Him sight. His heart had been opened, even as his blindness gave way to light of the Son.
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.”
John 9:35-38 NKJV
The man had been cast out of the synagogue, but ushered into the Kingdom, as He believed in Jesus.
There are many today who walk about with spiritual blindness, unable to see what God is doing. They have their own expectations of who Jesus is, and seek to establish their churches based on that flawed image of Him. Some churches are harsh, and dogmatic, emphasizing the judgement of God, of His hate for sinners. Others portray Jesus as this overwhelmingly grace filled friend, who winks at sin, and wants to take everyone into Heaven.
Jesus is Lord, who saves the sinner, transforms lives, opens eyes, and is coming again to judge the world for its sin. He is love and justice.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.””
John 14:6-7 NKJV
It is time for all of us to open our eyes, and go forth an proclaim Jesus. He is Savior and Lord. Let us go out nd tell of His amazing grace. The world we live in is fading fast, and many believers are fading with it. The lost are closer to hell than they have ever been with each passing day. I am praying for those of us who have called upon the name of the Lord to have endurance to stand in these perilous times.
Let us focus on the Jesus of the bible, and not the fictional Jesus we humans tend to try and create. There are many who are lost in spiritual blindness, who need to see.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
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