FRIDAY, MARCH 2: In this week’s text, Jesus met up with a man who was born blind.
In other words the man had never seen the light of day.
His eyes had never worked properly, and therefore were not doing what they were designed to do.
Yet as Jesus passed by, He stopped to deal with this completely sad situation.
Jesus was going to cause this man to see something he had never seen before — Light. For when you get your sight, you will see the light.
John 9:1: And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
The blind man in the text was not unlike many adults in our society today. Can you believe that many in Bermuda are born blind? Many have never seen the light, the spiritual light.
I can recall back in 1987 when I first began to teach in the public school system.
Perhaps 50 per cent of the students were not churchgoers.
By the time I completed teaching, 19 years later, that percentage had drastically dropped. In fact, I think the percentage of students in my class who were churchgoers had decreased to about 10 per cent.
Therefore can you imagine how many full-grown adults of today have never been accustomed to going to church? Oh, I am not speaking about the odd wedding, funeral, or baby blessing.
No. I am speaking about regularly going to the House of God to hear about Jesus, the Light of the world. The number is low.
Hence, there are many full-grown adults who are totally blind and have never seen what it is like to live a life serving and worshipping Jesus.
That is why the pastors of today must have a heart of understanding and compassion when it comes to those who do occasionally enter a church.
While the pastor may have expectations of dress and behaviour, the reality is that persons cannot be held accountable for what they have never been taught.
Jesus cares about the lost; the blind. Jesus sees a blind man and desires that the blind man see Him.
Jesus did not go past this man because this man was the reason His Father had sent Him to the earth.
God sent Jesus to the Earth to redeem mankind back to Himself. Therefore the blind man was going to receive his sight and Jesus was going to glorify His Father in heaven.
When Christians bring others to the light of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, God is well-pleased.
(Prov 11:30 KJV): The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
This blind man was in a bad situation, but it was not his fault or the fault of his parents.
No, God had ordained that situation so that the man would carry a magnificent testimony from that day forth.
The man would testify that what was done was a legitimate miracle because ‘they’ all knew that before Jesus touched his eyes and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam, he had never seen a thing. They all knew.
Hence the new reality of his sight could only point to the fact that Jesus healed him.
That did not please everyone. There were those who were vexed that Jesus did something that they could not do and that Jesus did that ‘something’ on the Sabbath.
Jesus vexed certain people because He did things that they had commanded ought not be done on the Sabbath.
I am so glad that Jesus was not tied to dead laws. Jesus was the living grace that was extended to all who would simply believe and obey His words.
That is what the blind man did. He heard Jesus, and he obeyed Jesus.
It was then that the darkness dissipated and new light was revealed.
It was then that the man’s life changed for the best.
It was then that this man never had to beg again, but could go for a better and brighter future because he received The Light of the world.
Receive Jesus today and see the many blessings that God has in store for you.
Dr Maria A Seaman is the pastor of Shekinah Worship Centre, Hamilton Parish.