|Posted by kelvinbueckert on September 8, 2019 at 3:05 PM|
In today’s scripture reading Jesus has just healed a blind man. The Pharisees found fault, as usual. After all, Jesus had healed this man on the Sabbath and keeping the regulations seemed to be more important than caring for a suffering human being. My uncle was totally blind for the last 30 years of his life. Fortunately he had a very positive temperament and enjoyed the memories of all he had seen during the first 65 years of his life, but I can just imagine how wonderful it would have been for him to have had his sight restored.
The man Jesus healed was born blind. He had no memories of flowers and sunsets. He had not even seen the faces of his parents! Jesus was not restoring his sight; He was giving him sight for the first time. Imagine how thrilling that would have been! Shut your eyes and listen to sounds that you can identify because you have sight. All the sounds with which this blind man was familiar would take on new meaning – bird songs, crickets, footsteps fast or slow, bubbling water. Now he could put faces and voices together! Would the Pharisees have denied him all this? Isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful?!!
Jesus once called the Pharisees blind. Why? Read Matthew 23:13-19. He called them sons of hell (:15), blind fools (:17). Why was this so tragic? Because they were the spiritual leaders of that day….”blind guides” (:16, 24). Jesus referred to a spiritual blindness that was leading the nation away from God by putting too much emphasis on rules, and not enough on the spirit of those laws. This was indeed a woeful situation, individually and nationally.
This was one of Jesus’ most powerful sermons. “Brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matthew 23:33). Passionately Jesus grieved over Jerusalem in His concluding remarks. “How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (:37). Blind as their spiritual leaders, these unbelieving Jews were bound for hell. This was not God’s will for His chosen people.
Who are God’s chosen people? God promised Abraham He would bless the nations through him….and Jesus is that promised One. Gentiles too are blind, without Christ, but God loved the world enough to send His only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him has eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus promises that those who recognize His deity saying “blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” will see Him. Paul prayed that “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance” (Ephesians 1:18). God is not willing that any should perish.
Spiritual vision gives us insight. When we see Jesus, our minds are enlightened by truth. This opens up a whole new world. Instead of being bogged down in the darkness of evil, we become children of light! …people who shed light into a world darkened by sin (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Praise the Lord!
Can you say with the man John writes about: “Once I was blind but now I can see” (John 9:25)?