Sunday, August 7, 2016

Who Is Truly Blind?

Readings for the Day
Zephaniah 1-3, John 9

Verses for the Day
Investigate the Healing
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

Thoughts for the Day
As Jesus moves along in John's gospel, Jesus does signs that not only show his power as the Messiah, but also reveals the true nature of the Pharisees' blindness. There is a real sense of irony here, as the Pharisees dispute with the man who Jesus heals of blindness whether he can really see or not. In their mind blindness was a result of a person's sin from birth. You can only imagine how shaming this was, as not only was the person blind, but blamed for it as well. It is no wonder Jesus has mercy on him.

At the end of the story Jesus reveals who is truly blind. That is from a spiritual perspective. The Pharisees cannot explain how the man can see now. They are so caught up in the natural, they don't realize the supernatural is before them. Whereas the Pharisees want to blame the man's blindness on his sin, Jesus reveals that the Pharisees are the ones who are truly blind through their sin of pride. Quite a turnaround! Finally, after the man is thrown out of the temple, he reconnects with Jesus. Jesus asks him if he believes in the Son of Man. The man says, "Tell me so that I believe in him." When Jesus reveals his identity, the man believes. Now he has both his physical and spiritual sight restored.

The question for us today is, "Do we have the faith to see what the Son of Man is doing today?" Do we get so caught up in the "natural world" that we miss out what is happening in the supernatural? If God has restored our sight, are we using our spiritual lens to see how God is still in the business of restoring the blind today. After all, the supreme goal God has is that all would believe in the Son of Man and have their true sight restored. Today, ask the question as you go through your day, "Jesus help me to see what you are doing today, so that I can have to faith to participate with you bringing sight to the blind!" Amen.

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