Wednesday, August 7

Spiritual blindness

Scripture: Zephaniah 1-3, John 9

John 9:39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  

Observation

Jesus heals a blind man so he can see, while those who could see were blinded.  

The religious leaders were offended that Jesus healed on the Sabbath.  Their institutional protectiveness blinded them to the obvious.  They were so concerned about protecting their positions, their practices, their institutions that they were blind to Jesus.

They were sure Jesus could not be from God (v. 16).  So they asked the blind man; he said that Jesus must be a prophet.  After verifying with his parents that he had been born blind, they asked a second time about his healing, and the conversation grew sarcastic.  

“We know this man (Jesus) is a sinner.”

“I don’t know about that.  One thing I know: I was blind, but now I see.”  

“We don’t know where this man (Jesus) is from.”

“Now that is remarkable.  You don’t know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

“How dare you lecture us!”  And they threw him out.

Jesus then explains that He came to make the blind see and the seeing blind.  He is the light of the world (v. 5).  We either see Him and see all else by Him, or we fail to see Him and are blind.  Jesus is the issue.

Application

There is more than one way to be spiritually blind.  You can be far from Jesus, not a believer, and be blind.  Or you can be a Christian in name, a church-goer, religious and be blind.  Either way, Jesus is the light of the world who gives us sight.  When we see Him, we also see everything else by Him.

C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”  (I would change “Christianity” to “Jesus.”)

Religion can be as blinding as unbelief.  Our traditions can blind us.  I don’t want my religious traditions to blind me to Jesus. I realize that as a professional Christian, I am particularly susceptible to spiritual blindness.

Prayer: Lord, save me!  Please don’t let religion blind me.  Help me to see You clearly, and see everything else clearly by You, the light of the world.