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"I was blind, now I see"
« on: Fri May 10, 2019 - 06:42:44 »
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John 9:25 New King James Version (NKJV)


25 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.”

 

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Perhaps you recognize this verse as being from the chapter in which John describes the healing of the man who had been blind from birth.  The religious establishment was wrestling with what to do about Jesus.  A significant part of their tradition has been developed to keep the demands of the Law of Moses for personal holiness from getting into their business too seriously.  Mind you, the observant Jew of Jesus' day was incredibly religious.  By the time of Jesus' birth, the tradition of the Rabbis had been codified to the point that the commentaries about the Law of Moses had been elevated to a position above that of the Law itself.  Keeping the Law was an object in itself and had obscured what God intended for the keeping of the Law to produce in the hearts of His people.

 

The Law of Moses includes the commandment to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  As a part of this commandment Israel was also enjoined from doing any work on that day.  There had been great discussions down through the generations by the rabbis determining what was to be considered work.  We could spend considerable time dissecting what the tradition had come to believe was to be considered "work."  By the time of Jesus, apparently the rabbis had concluded that effective prayers for healing must have been considered work.  Perhaps it was the fact that Jesus spat on the ground and made mud with which He anointed the eyes of the blind man that they deemed work.  That probably qualified as Sabbath breaking in the minds of the accusers of Jesus.  There seems to have been no interest in the fact that the man could now see.  As for all the religious questions that were posed and the objections that were made against what Jesus had done for the man, the now seeing, formerly blind man cut to the chase in his summation of his opinion when he said, "One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see."

 

The crux of the question comes to you and me today.  What difference has Jesus made in our lives?  I am not suggesting that the healing of the man's eyes was all that mattered.  If he never came to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, then it would have ultimately mattered little that he could see.  My point is that you and I too should expect Jesus to have an impact on our lives so that we can also say that our lives are different because of our encounter with Jesus.  Jesus did not come to make you and me religious.  He came to make it so that we can be born again and to be transformed from the inside out.  No blessing exceeds that fact in importance.  We have been called to live.  He died on the cross for much, much more than to simply change our vocabulary, our beverage list, and where we sit on the weekends.  If that is all that we can say is changed because of our relationship with Him, then I wonder if He wouldn't say we are still blind.  Help me see more clearly the transformation, the healing, that You are doing in me Lord.

 

Father, thank You that I have been saved.  Help me to understand and to value more highly the redemptive and the transformative work You are bringing forth in me through the power of the blood of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit as You lead me toward holiness and home.  Grant me today such measure of Your Holy Spirit that I may honor You.  Holy Spirit, I purpose to be intentional in my cooperation with what you are teaching me.  I intend to follow where You are leading me.  May these things be true in me in the name of Jesus.


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