2017-07-29 - Being Blind
Two years ago, I had surgery to remove a cataract from my right eye. The condition was so bad that I could barely see through that eye and had a distorted sense of color. I had lost most of my peripheral vision on that side. The surgery was successful, and I can now see clearly.
As you read through the Gospels, you find numerous examples of Jesus healing people. Many, if not most, of those that Jesus healed are described as being blind. Quite a few of these suffering blindness are called "blind from birth." Giving sight to the blind was predicted as a Messianic activity. Isaiah said, "Out of the gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see." (Isaiah 29:18)
Jesus did more than heal those who were physically blind. He healed those who were spiritually blind. The Jewish spiritual leaders, the Pharisees, were looking for the Messiah. Jesus, the Messiah, came to them, but they did not see him. They rejected him. They were spiritually blind. Jesus said, "For judgement, I have come into this world, so that the blind will see, and those who see will become blind." (John 9:39)
Today, Jesus comes to those who are spiritually blind. He calls us to believe in the Good News. He came to earth to free us from our sins. He opens our eyes to see clearly the path to follow him.
As the old hymn Amazing Grace says, "I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see."
Can you see Jesus?
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted