Scripture: John 9:13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.” 18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight …24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Observation: There is an interesting contrast here. The Pharisees whose eyes work just fine are blind to Jesus. Why? Because Jesus is perceived to have sinned by healing a blind man on the Sabbath. It is the formerly blind man who says of Jesus, “He is a prophet.” (v.17)
One of the most famous hymns of all time is called “Amazing Grace”. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.” Truth is, we’re all born spiritually blind. Our sinful nature will rebel against the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and Lord of all. Our rebellious nature will insist we do life our way rather than follow the will and ways of God.
Yet, by grace, our eyes can be opened.
Application: I was visiting with a relative of mine this past weekend. We hadn’t seen each other in some time, so I was glad to connect. However, we had a death in the family recently, so it was a bit of a heavy conversation. Then I heard about relationship issues, struggles at work, and more. She is getting it from all sides right now. If you’ve lived more than a few years, you’ve probably experienced a season such as this.
But then I heard how she has found herself re-connecting with the church. In the midst of the most difficult season of her life, she realizes the Lord has been there with her all along. It was a blessing to take her hand and pray for her. And she for me.
I know I have blind spots, as do you. This morning I’m asking the Lord to open my eyes. Again.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, it’s easy for us to be critical of the Pharisees who failed to acknowledge you as the Messiah. But the truth is, we are often not much better. Our lives often don’t reflect your lordship over us. Give us eyes to see your truth and to obey it. Amen.