“As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth.” (John 9:1)
We can only imagine what it would be like to be born blind. The man Jesus encountered had never seen even a glimmer of light. He had never see the faces of his Mom and Dad, or brothers and sisters if he had them. He had never seen the Temple though he sat there daily begging. He had never seen animals, trees, buildings, road, rivers – nothing.
Then, Jesus healed him.
Suddenly, all those unreal imaginations became real. He saw the aged faces of his Father and Mother, and the Temple in its sparkling grandeur, and trees, fountains, buildings, animals – and all of it in color! Sight changed his entire life.
Not to allegorize this story, but there is a symbolic and spiritual application. What happened to this man is what happens to us when we decide to believe in Jesus, when we come to the faith that brings us into relationship with God (we call this “salvation”). It’s like we had always been blind, and then suddenly we could see the truth. In coming to faith, we became spiritually sighted, and that changed everything in our lives.
Our world is filled with those who are spiritually blind. We, therefore, need to pray for the spiritual sight of our world, and we need to continually speak the truth of the gospel of God’s love, because truth is the key that opens eyes and sets people free.
Lord, We ask that You will open the eyes of those who are spiritually blind, that they may see the truth of the spiritual reality that is all around them. Use us to help open their eyes. Amen.