S (Scripture): John 9:39 Jesus said: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees who were with Jesus heard this and asked him, “We are not blind too, are we?” 41 Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains.
O (Observation): Jesus has healed a man born blind. The Pharisees are incredulous. They just don’t believe Jesus could have performed this miracle. But Jesus turns this into more than just a physical healing.
Jesus opens up the conversation to a spiritual healing, now. Jesus reveals that those who think they can see (like The Pharisees) are really just kidding themselves. They see only what they want to see. In fact, they are so into their own view, they are blind to the fact that Jesus, the Messiah, is standing there in front of them.
The man who was healed progresses in his understanding of who Jesus is, from prophet to Son of Man.
Here’s an additional explanation from my commentary:
To receive Jesus was to receive the light of the world, to reject him was to reject the light, close one’s eyes, and become blind. This is the serious sin of which Jesus had warned before (8:21-24). The blindness of such people was incurable since they had rejected the only cure that exists.
A (Application): How many of us think we know what we know is true? What proves something to be true? Without scientific evidence, we can begin to doubt. How do we believe when we don’t see the miracle before us?
These are tough, honest questions. And the hardest part is that our schedules tend to make us so busy, that we don’t allow ourselves time to seek God’s movement in our world. And THAT – not resting, not abiding – is our major downfall. For in staying busy, we effectively become “blind” to God’s presence before us, and we become “deaf” to his voice.
Only in times of rest and abiding do we truly discern what God is saying to us…so that we can then take action in the world for God’s glory.
Recently, in retreat and in reading, I have been awakened to help the effort to dismantle racism in this country – or at least in my neck of the woods : ) I was blind, but now I see that justice is lacking in many areas regarding race relations. And I hope to continue to help in this effort.
What issues have you been awakened to, lately?
P (Prayer): Lord, help me to see you this day. Amen.