Willfully Blind

And Jesus said,
 “For judgment I have come into this world,
that those who do not see may see,
and that those who see may be made blind.”
~ John 9:39 ~

Thanks, Noah!

Calligraphy courtesy of Noah Wieland.

In reading about the work that Jesus did in healing the man who was born blind, I found it amazing that the Pharisees would not believe that the man standing before them, with 20/20 vision, had been born blind. These men, the spiritual leaders in Jerusalem, were willfully spiritually blind to the signs that Jesus was doing.

Because the Pharisees clung fiercely to their Sabbath traditions, hardened their hearts, and refused to receive Jesus as their Messiah, they could not bear to hear the truth spoken by the man whose eyes were opened; John 9:28-34:

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.”

They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

As I sat and pondered how hard one could become, I remembered the hardness that was in my heart before Jesus was my Lord. Several times, when He sent His emissaries to remind me of His love, I would answer, “Yes, I know Jesus loves me,” and leave it at that. I, too, was like the Pharisees, stubbornly holding on to living life my way. It was to my detriment that I remained hard of heart, deaf, and blind to His entreaties.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12); we see these words put into action in John 9:35-38:

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.

Just as Jesus sought this man out, He sought me out; He had mercy on me and did not cast me away from Him; in due time, He revealed Himself to me, and I believed and worshiped Him.

Life can be trying for a sighted person, but for the spiritually sighted person, who walks through it with Jesus, it is worth going over every desert, valley, or mountain. We walk with a goal in mind:  Being with Him for eternity. One day, we will get to meet the man who was born blind and whose eyes were opened by Jesus; and we will join him in worshiping our loving Lord and Savior.

Father, a long time ago, a blind baby boy came into this world so that at the right time “the works of God should be revealed in [Jesus]” (John 9:5), by having his eyes opened. You continue to do this work in people today, that they may have their eyes opened to the gospel of Jesus, and believe in and worship Him. Help us, by Your Holy Spirit, to be brilliant reflectors of the Light of the world; we ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.


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