The Man Born Blind
From Journey To Change
In John 9, Jesus provokes the religious establishment by breaking their man-made traditions. He heals on the Sabbath, the weekly day of rest, and mixes water and dirt to make mud, a forbidden Sabbath activity. After one encounter with Jesus, the man born blind was no longer the same.
Jesus confronted the Pharisees for their made-up rules, their self-righteousness, their entitled attitude, and their lack of compassion. Spiritually speaking, the Pharisees were as blind as the man before Jesus.
Through the blind man’s story, we see the miracle of our salvation and the slippery slope of religion. Too often, we forget who we were and what we were doing when Jesus saved us. When that happens, we can become like the Pharisees — full of knowledge and lacking in gratitude. We must never forget that we have been rescued.
When we stay connected to our salvation, when we continue to live just as we did when we first declared Jesus as Lord, we will be strengthened in faith and overflowing with thankfulness. That’s what it means to truly see.
- What was life like before you met Jesus? What was different after you began a relationship with Jesus?
- Can you say that you are just as passionate now as when you first believed? If not, what is different?
- The greatest revelation Jesus can give us is a clear picture of Himself. Take this opportunity to pray for a clearer vision of Jesus.