True vision or deception?

John 9:35-41

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”

Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

 For judgment I have come…that those who do not see may see and those who see may be made blind…true vision.  Christ gives true vision.  Steeped in mankind’s explanations of the world around us, we form our opinions and then hold to them tenaciously, bound by the cords of self, blinded by the tunnel-vision that closes us to receiving from the one who created us and wants a renewed fellowship with us.  With Christ’s coming, the light of the Word now exposes the fallacies in mankind’s ideologies and brings true vision of a right relationship between Creator and creation.  And so the blind now see, for the blind are not bound by humankind’s limited vision; and the ones who say they see are blinded by the light of God’s Word and refuse the true vision brought by His Son.

 Jesus returned to find the man who was blind.  This one had never seen Jesus with his physical eyes, he was still blind when sent to wash.  And now Jesus puts the question to him that shows clearly the opening of his spiritual eyes that came from the questioning process he had been subjected to.  Jesus asks, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He then reveals himself to the man who had been blind and that one worships him.  To see Jesus physically was not necessary to see him spiritually.  We see with our heart, mind and soul.  We love God with our heart, mind and soul.

 When we say we see that we are not blind, we become responsible for our relationship with God.  Do we accept or reject?  If we can see in our spirit the truth, if we possess true vision, do we acknowledge and worship the Son of God or do we deny his Lordship and then become guilty of rejection.  The man who was blind acknowledged the one who opened his eyes and worshiped him, those who claimed vision denied him.  Christ’s judgment then rested upon those claiming to see not for their claim to see but for their rejection of him.  Give us true vision, sight that depends upon the spiritual awareness a relationship with the Lord brings.

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