“Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes, let me see” (Tim Hughes).
Read John 9:35-41
 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”  Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”  Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.  Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”  Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectHow does Jesus compare the healed man and the Pharisees?
It’s interesting that the blind man’s first experience is not a doctrinal one–it’s a physical one. We tend to think, these days, that salvation comes first to the mind, and then to the lifestyle. You go through a course, and once you’ve got your doctrine straight, you’re ready to become a Christian. But that isn’t always the way it works. The early church expected a complete transformation in lifestyle from new Christians–theology came later. Up to now the man has experienced a transformation in his life, and he’s been defending his healer, but with very little idea of who Jesus is. Is he a believer or isn’t he? We tend to think that victims of persecution are heroes of their faith who have their theology all worked out, but that isn’t necessarily true. Many Christians in places like Pakistan, for example, can’t read and don’t have a church nearby, so their understanding of the Bible can be very sketchy, just fragments of teaching from their families. And yet, they are “expelled” from society and pay dearly for defending Jesus. When the healed man meets Jesus again he sees clearly what he had begun to sense–that Jesus is to be worshiped, not just thanked.
Thank God for people who help marginalized Christians in Pakistan learn to read and come to grips with the Bible.
Generous God, You provide me with gifts others only dream of. Thank You for blessings I too often overlook.
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