“Whether [Jesus] is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
A man blind from birth met Jesus. This story shows us that there is a difference between seeing physically with your eyes and seeing the truth—knowing the truth—clearly with your mind. The man blind from birth could only see after Jesus gave him the ability to see. But the Pharisees, who could see physically all their lives, still couldn’t see the truth. They still couldn’t understand who Jesus was or what he was doing.
It’s not that the man blind from birth understood everything about Jesus. He answered many of the Pharisees’ questions about Jesus by saying, “I don’t know.” For people who follow Jesus today, that’s often true as well. There are some things about Jesus that we know for certain, and there are other things about Jesus that remain a mystery to us.
But just like this man in John 9, we can know with certainty what Jesus does in our lives. We can know the truth about how Jesus forgives our sins. We can know the truth about how Jesus gives us hope for the future. Because of the promises in the Bible and because of the change Jesus makes in our lives, we can know the truth about our Savior, Jesus. This is something we can see clearly, no matter what our physical sight is like!
God of salvation, there are so many things we do not understand. Help us to see clearly what you can do in our lives through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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