My devotion today centered on the 9th chapter of the Book of John. I was particularly struck with the blindness of the Pharisees to the miraculous work of Christ—especially the healing of the blind man whose parents attested to his condition since his birth.
I am reminded by Ravi Z’s quote in his book, “Jesus among other Gods,” that indeed, those who have decided in their hearts what they want to see and believe are impervious to reason.
How could these religious leaders dismiss the testimony of the one who was healed? How could they disregard his parents’ confirmation?
They could not…
Because they were not after the truth.
Their hearts were darkened with hatred. They were overcome by jealousy. They would not acknowledge some unknown person who turned up in their midst out of the woodwork, would speak deep words of wisdom, and perform supernatural work they themselves were not capable of doing.
They were threatened. Their “glory” was in peril.
So they refused to see what was obvious. They held on to their traditions – to the Law, not knowing the law-giver was in their midst.
“I tell you the truth, before Abraham was, I AM.”
They heard blasphemy. Their hard hearts caused them to pick up stones and throw them at the One whose life spans eternity. Just like Cain, murder was written all over their faces.
I could picture the scene. What irony. The blind were at loggerheads with the source of light. The dead were attempting to kill the source of life.
On the other hand, I ask myself. If I were in the same spot as they were, how would I react? Would I believe what the blind man had said? What Christ himself claimed? Or would I be with the crowd, chanting the same lines from a frenzied heart? Would I also turn a blind eye to the miracle that was as obvious as the broad daylight? Would doubts overpower the flicker of belief that some of those men may have entertained, if but for a fleeting moment?
It is easy to judge from afar… from a different milieu… But if you were in the same situation as these characters in the book were, you would show the real you. And the verdict is beyond questioning:
“Light has come into the world. But men loved darkness more than light because their deeds were evil. Those who do evil do not want to come near the light for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed. But those who do what is right, come near the light so that others may know that what they are doing is of God.” (John 3:19)
Examine yourself then. On which side are you?
That of the blind man who now claims to see? Or that of the crowd whose eyes protrude like Bart Simpson’s but only see darkness?
How pitiful it is to be born with eyes so hale and healthy, yet incapable of seeing for real. Better to be born blind yet enlightened, than have sight but only see darkness.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:18
Ponder on these questions, my friend.
Are you with the crowd?
Or are you willing to be branded “different,” – a “radical” even?
Your answer reveals the true condition of your eyes.
Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment–to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”- John 9:39