Monday, June 20, 2011

Bringing Sight to the Blind - June 20, 2011

John 9:25(New International Version)
25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

2 Corinthians 5:17(New King James Version NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


As I have written about before, these days Christianity seems to be more and more under attack. There is continual controversy as critics try as hard as they can to discount and minimize our beliefs, in an attempt to remove it from the world's culture. Even in what you would think is a supportive magazine, Christianity Today, our faith seems to be constantly questioned and under scrutiny. Someone or some group is always trying to "shoot holes" into the Bible and the life, work and claims of Jesus Christ. Yes, we should question what we believe, but this is not about healthy theological discourse; this is about "search and destory".

There is something that every critic and every supporter of our faith in Jesus Christ is missing when it comes to the validity and truth of Christianity. To illustrate this I was prompted to look at the 9th Chapter of John in the New Testament, where Jesus healed a blind man on the Sabbath. After which the man was called into the temple and questioned by the religious rulers in an attempt to discount and disparage Jesus and the miracle He had just done.

The religious leaders focused more on trying to belittle Jesus in their own eyes that they failed to realize the spititual blindness they were under. They could not see the real Jesus as who He claimed to be because of their own religiousity; their exaggerated piety and religious zeal. This is no different than it is today; people are so zealous to take down anything having to do with Christianity that they fail to see and are blind to who Jesus really is. So too, many liberal theologians would rather defend their own interpretations of what they believe is the truth, than to come close to discovering the real truth.

All this to say that what those who are spiritually blind to the real Jesus fail to see are His true miracles. The religious leaders of His day could not see that Jesus actually restored sight to a lifelong blind man, and today's critics fail to see that the true miracle of Jesus is the changed heart, the change in a person's life that nothing else can accomplish. Their is nothing that can dispute this.

Only Jesus Christ can bring change to a life-long, down-and-out drunk, drug addict, thief, womanizer, etc., that is trapped in the bondage of sin. Only He can bring "sight" to those who once were "blind", and turn them into a new creation.

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