Journey to Jerusalem Day 31
Friday, March 27 John 9:28-34
28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Jesus performs this amazing miracle – giving sight to a man who had been born blind – and the religious authorities do not accept that Jesus is from God. They were spiritually blind to the truth, the truth that would set them free. Perhaps they were threatened by Jesus because He took away their authority. They thought they knew everything about God and refused to believe the testimony of the man whose sight was given to him. Jesus didn’t restore his sight but opened his eyes that he might see—physically and spiritually.
In Psalm 146:8 we read:
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The religious leaders would have known this, yet they refused to believe that Jesus is the Christ.
Our personal testimony is a powerful witness to the work of God in our lives and can serve to bring others to Jesus. Sometimes, however, people are just spiritually blind, and they will not see.
What then? Pray for them. Pray for them using the simple prayer of Elisha: “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17), knowing that the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. Continue to faithfully and obediently share your story with others, to speak of God’s amazing grace.
How has Jesus opened your eyes? Go share your story with those who are spiritually blind that the Lord may work a miracle in their lives, opening their eyes that they may see.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
I was once lost but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see.