Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday - John 9 - A Blind Man's Perspective

HERE is a very real question about who was really blind in this story. The young man who was born with physical blindness found healing in Christ. But, how about the Pharisees' blindness? Their unwillingness & inability to see the obvious truth concerning Jesus Christ was a tragic blindness much worse than any mere lack of physical sight. Jesus was the light of the world. More than just helping this one man to see light, Jesus was there to help everyone to see spiritually.  But many would not see.  They chose not to see. Their blindness was willful. They just kept their spiritual eyes closed. That's all.  And if anything, they were worse off when this day had passed than they had been when it began (John 9:39).

There are some real top-notch lines in this chapter. Jesus' correction of His disciples is significant (vs. 3). Christ's reminder to them that there would come a time when His work would cease (vs. 4), that too was rather significant. But the best lines come from the healed man, "Whether Jesus be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see" (vs. 25). And, "I have told you already, and you did not hear" (vs. 27). Again, & best of all, "Why herein is a marvelous thing, that you know not from whence He is, & yet He has opened mine eyes" (vs. 30).

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