OH SAY, CAN YOU SEE?

September 2, 1985

Looking around at the world, it boggles the mind how someone can be so blind. How can they abuse children? How can they be so cold and indifferent to a human life? How can they not see?

Some time ago, in the old city of Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples encountered a man born blind. Except for one other miracle, this miracle Jesus would perform was given more documentation than any other miracle in the entire New Testament. This was an important event in history!

Another interesting detail is that the Rabbis taught there were two categories of miracles: those which could be performed by anyone if empowered by God, and those which only the Messiah could perform.

This wasn’t the first time Jesus healed blindness, but it was the first time to heal a man “born” blind, the key word being “born” blind. And this was one such miracle which the Rabbis taught only the Messiah could perform. The Apostle John gives us pertinent details of that event as we witness Jesus taking special care in healing this man’s physical blindness and, after the Pharisees barred him from worshiping in the synagogue, Jesus returned to heal his spiritual blindness (John 9:1-41). Jesus’ greater message is in proclaiming His Messiahship –  

Jerusalem had many nearby pools from which to choose, but Jesus sends the blind man to the Pool of Siloam to wash his eyes. It was not an easy route from the main part of Jerusalem because it descended a steep hill. The significance of the Pool of Siloam is this was the week of the Feast of Tabernacles and closing out this feast, the priests/Pharisees would make their way down from the Temple Mount to the Pool of Siloam to fill their water jugs. This main pool was the center of Jewish attention and had the greatest number of Jewish leaders present who would observe a special miracle which only the Messiah could perform.

But the Jews refused to believe He was the Christ, the Sent One of God.

 “But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him” (John 12:37, NASB).

“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:19-20).

The Jewish leaders were spiritually blind and had no desire to see.

We are ALL born spiritually blind, and many today still refuse to believe what the Bible proclaims as truth. “All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:6).

Whether it’s a woman denying the life inside her body, or the doctor taking the life inside her body, whether it’s a man denying his sexual orientation, or the woman denying hers, mankind hardens his heart against the Creator God and is blinded to the perversion of his choices.

Spiritual blindness can only be conquered by a Savior of light (John 3).

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life,” John 8:12

Jesus gives light to all who will believe Him and removes the darkness from their hearts.  

We cannot expect the “spiritually” blind to see sin the way we do but it is our responsibility to share the Light, in a loving manner for the glory of God!

Oh say, can you see?

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