“He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:25
While waiting for a laser procedure on my eyes, my doctor friend spotted me in pre op and asked me to come with him, “to see why we love what we do.” I followed him into the post op area where patients were recovering. As we went from patient to patient, his question was always the same. “Can you see better?”
Each patient said yes and described what was better about their sight. Some saw more vivid colors. Others saw more clearly. And, still others could see without having to wear glasses. One lady said she couldn’t remember having that good of eyesight since she was a little girl. None understood what had happened to them except that they had undergone eye surgery. But one thing they all said was that they could see better.
I thought of the man, a beggar, mentioned in the Gospel of John. He was a man blind from birth. Jesus mixed some mud with His own saliva, placed it on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. He did as he was told and for the first time in his life he had sight.
He didn’t understand who Jesus was or what had happened to him, but one this he knew with a shadow of a doubt! “I was blind but now I see.” John 9:25. The Pharisees tried to get him into a debate as to who Jesus was and whether he was a sinner by healing on the Sabbath. Again, he professed to not understand all that had taken place, but one thing he knew for sure was that he could see.
Sometimes we don’t understand all of the theological implications of everything that happens to us, but in our heart we know that we know that Jesus has saved us and we will be with Him for eternity. As Jesus gave the man physical sight, when we give our heart to Christ, we gain a new spiritual sight. We may not understand all that happens to us, but we know that we gain new spiritual eyes and see the Master in a way as never before.
It was John Newton who wrote:
“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound! That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.”
I pray that Jesus will everyday give me better spiritual eyesight to see Him and to see the plan He has for my life!
By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney.
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Lord Jesus, I want to trust you from now on. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me be the person You want me to be. Thank you for enabling me to trust you in these uncertain times. Amen.
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