John 8-10

Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."  John 9:39, NIV 

This statement of Jesus seems strange until you read the events that led up to it. Jesus had healed a blind man - a miracle that you would have thought would have brought joy to everyone who heard of it. But the Pharisees got mad. They didn't like anything about the miracle! They didn't like that it was done without their authority, they didn't like that it had been done on the Sabbath, and they did not like that it was Jesus who had done the miracle.

They especially didn't like Jesus!

So Jesus made a point that made them not like Him even more: They were to blind to see!

These religious leaders thought so much of themselves that they had missed the fact that the long awaited Messiah had actually come. He performed miracles before their very eyes and they still couldn't see it! They were blind!

Have you ever wondered why were they so blind? I think it was because they really didn't want to see what they were seeing! The irony is, while we look at the Pharisees and pity their blindness, I wonder how many times God tries to show us something - something that should be very clear - but we fail to see. Why is that?

I think it's because there are some things that we don't want to see. We don't want to admit that drinking too much is a sin, so we pretend we can't see it. We don't want to admit that we shouldn't be watching the things we watch, or reading the things that we read, or viewing the things that we view, so we pretend that we can't see it. As a matter of fact there are a lot of times that we don't want to stop doing what we are doing, even though we know that it's wrong, so, again, we pretend that we can't see it.

And if we don't catch ourselves, before too long, we really can't see it.

And we become blind!

Can you see?

 

"One thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see."  John 9:25, NIV