John 9:35 “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”
The gift of sight is one that we, who see, take for granted.
Colors, beauty, and majestic scenery are often commonplace to those of us who see them every day. But to the one who has never seen, they must be rich, fantastic, and marvelous.
Jesus passed by this blind man spoke of in John, and His disciples asked a question that intimated his blindness was a matter of sin, not something that just happened.
Jesus then forms clay and anoints the blind man’s eyes and heals him.
The chain of events that follow reveals who has sight and who is truly blind.
The Pharisees call this man before them to question his healing done on the sabbath. As they ask him, his parents, and other witnesses, they are seeking to find something to accuse and condemn Jesus.
For his criticism of the Pharisees, the man once blind is now becoming an outcast. Jesus finds him and reveals Himself by asking the question in our text.
“Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”
This man healed of his blindness asks:
John 9:36 “He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?”
Jesus’ response tells all.
John 9:37 “And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.”
Immediately, the man confesses his belief and falls to worship Jesus. His physical sight restored; he now has spiritual sight as well.
I can only testify of my experience, but I believe it to be true of most born-again, Bible-believers that their perspective on life was literally transformed after salvation.
In reading my Bible, I saw things I had not previously. Discernment came. What was once confusing, makes so much more sense. Wisdom I had requested is given. I began to grow in who God was, what His plan was for my life, and so much more!
It was as if I was seeing clearly for the very first time.
Throughout the years, this new gift of sight has opened doors and allowed me to see the world around me.
When a person’s vision is impaired, the right set of glasses will bring clarity where it was once in a fog. Seeing this world with spiritual eyes, allows the child of God to see in light of eternity instead of the carnal, the fleshly, and the temporal.
When glasses become smudged, or windows dirtied, we cannot see as clearly as we once had before. Until we clean them, our vision is hindered.
Sin clouds our view until we use the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse our soul and see once again.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Every child of God has been given a filter through which to see every situation.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
One of the things that genuinely changed in me was that I went from being a pessimist to a pure optimist.
The fear of the future is now settled. Heaven is my home, Jesus is my Savior, and I am secure in His love.
Not only has my blindness been lifted, but I am also able to help others who are blind to see. Only through the Word of God can their eyes be indeed opened.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
1 Peter 1:22-23 “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
In light of recent events involving the COVID-19 virus, we who are saved need to have a clear vision of what is essential. While the world rushes to stockpile rations for the unknown future, we can know and understand that our God has all things in control. We must act prudently, but under the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit within.
Father, help us to show the world that You are still on the throne, in control and sovereign over all. Help us to show the peace that passes all understanding and use this opportunity to brings others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Amen.