Spiritual Blindness

John 9:35–41
By Mike Gough

37 “Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

This statement is much like the statement Jesus made to the “The Woman at the Well” in chapter 4. She was the first person Jesus told that He was the Messiah. She was the most improbable person to whom Jesus could tell this great news. She was a Samaritan woman whom even the Samaritan women despised. Jesus told her personally that He was the Messiah. Now again Jesus comes to an improbable person to make the same claim.

Jesus could have told this to the Pharisees. They were certainly trying their best to question Jesus and his claims. Jesus could have confronted them with this claim. The problem with the Pharisees was that they were spiritually blind. They had blinded themselves. They had put up such a tall wall that they could not see Jesus or hear his words, even though He was right in front of them. One cannot see Jesus if he or she chooses to be spiritually blind.

This man was born blind physically but was not blind spiritually. He was willing to see Jesus for who he was. His heart was open. He could receive the words of Jesus because his spiritual eyes were open. The Pharisees could not receive the news that Jesus was the Messiah because they didn’t want to accept that news. They chose to not see.

I like this story and the one about the Samaritan woman. I like the fact that Jesus came to these people personally and told them that he was the Messiah. Jesus looked them at them face to face. This is the way He comes to all of us to are not spiritually blind. He comes to those who are open and looking. The spiritually blind choose to be that way. They have closed their minds and their eyes.

I am thankful that Jesus comes, looks us in the face, and tells us that He is the Messiah.

Our Father, thank you that you have in Jesus Christ to reveal yourself.

Mike Gough

Mike Gough
Professor of Business

 John 9:35 – 41

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

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