Spiritual Blindness

Wouldn’t it be weird if a blind man claimed he could see? Last week week we looked at Samson and how through disobedience he allowed himself to be tricked and captured by his enemies. As a result, he was physically blinded, but the truth is that he was blinded spiritually long before he was blinded physically. Today I want to contrast that with the blind man found in John 9.

This is the story where Jesus spits on the ground and makes mud and wipes it on the mans eyes. I am fairly certain if I made mud pies as an adult my mom would be fiercely angry with me so no, I wouldn’t have done it that way, but it isn’t my place to question the methods of God. So Jesus healed him and it caused quite a stir, mostly because he was born blind.

Immediately people were confused, so they did what people do they take the man to the religious leaders of the day, the pharisees. Things always go good when they get involved. Surely they will be able to shine some light on the situation.

It’s important to note that right before Jesus did this, he said this:

John 9:5 (ESV) “…As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

I believe the intention of Jesus here was to demonstrate that it is only by His power that we are able to truly see. He is light and without Him we live in darkness.

The pharisees are deeply divided over this situation and go into full investigation mode even bringing in the man’s parents who are like, “Um… my son is an adult and he can speak for himself.” So they bring the blind guy back and interview him a second time, but really they were trying to get him to talk bad about Jesus.

John 9:24-27 (ESV) So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 

This is a man who had an encounter with Jesus! He knew Jesus had met the greatest need he’s had his entire life. He’d recounted his story ad the pharisees would not believe him, so the man asks the question that left the pharisees triggered, “Oh so you wanna follow Jesus too?”

John 9:28-34 (ESV) And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

I am convinced this man not only had his physical eyes opened, but his spiritual eyes as well. His understanding surpassed the pharisees. He knew Jesus had to be from God. Meanwhile the pharisees, who believed they had it all figured out, were completely clueless.

They were angry and threw the him out.

Jesus didn’t like that.

John 9:35-41 (ESV) Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

This story is amazing. By the end the man who started off blind could see who Jesus was, yet the ones who thought they could see were spiritually blind. Spiritual vision is always seen through the lens of humility and a revelation of Jesus.

Too often we venture into human reasoning and start to feel really good about ourselves. The danger is that sometimes we lose sight of Jesus. Sometimes we think we’ve got it all figured out. Spiritual vision comes from a place of humility. I am convinced the more that we learn, the more we realize how much we have to learn. It is ignorance that assumes to know everything.

There is always more to learn. There is always a greater revelation of the person of Jesus and the character of God that He is wanting to reveal to us. In order to receive it we must remain in a position of humble prayer, ready to receive. We should always come to the feet of Jesus, and say, “Lord, teach me.”

My prayer for each of you is that God would begin to impart fresh revelation in your life. That as you read His Word and commit yourself to prayer you would hear His voice like never before.

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