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From Blindness to Sight

Depending on your faith tradition, you may be in the midst of what the Christian Church calls “Lent.” Generally lasting forty days as a reminder of Jesus’ time of temptation in the wilderness, Lent is a period when Christians engage in self-denial to be more focused on prayer and recognition of one’s own need of salvation. Often, Christians abstain from food or other desires and contribute money or time to help the poor as a way to prepare for the celebration of Easter.

Healing of a Blind Man in Bethsaida Mark 8:22-25The Gospel reading from [the Sunday before last] highlights humankind’s need to see our spiritual condition more clearly. In John 9:1-41 we find the account of Jesus healing a man blind from birth. This spectacular event is used to shed light on the religious leaders’ spiritual blindness. They claimed to see and understand God and Scripture, yet denied the power and authority that was found in Jesus as displayed in his healing of the blind man. Unable to see Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world, their guilt remained in them, lacking true forgiveness of sin.

The blind man, on the other hand, who acknowledged his inability to clearly see and understand the mysteries of God, heard Jesus’ voice, chose to believe in him, and went on to worship God through Jesus as a sinner saved by the grace of God delivered through Jesus the Savior.

In a world full of sin and depravity, it is often difficult for us to clearly focus on the one who came to live among us and die for us; but without this clear focus, the attractions of this world could easily turn us away from fully following Jesus as we should. As we complete our journey through lent and soon enter the celebration of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, I encourage you to join me in seeking a clearer view of Jesus. Reach out to him to grow in closer relationship with him and the Father. Let us live in a way that others may see the love and joy that come through a relationship with Jesus our risen Savior, and come to Jesus as the blind man did, willing to believe and worship him!

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Orignally published in the Guidon, 10 April 2014.  It can also be found in the Guidon’s online edition.  All of my Guidon articles can be found here if you’re interested!

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Photo from the Lavista Church of Christ website.

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