Friday, April 4, 2014

John 9:13-34 (ESV)

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 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.

When we are born again – baptized through water and the Spirit – God comes to reside in our heart. The Greeks have a word for heart. It is “kardia” (καρδία). This word refers to so much more than the physical organ beating in our chest. To the people in Jesus’ time, the heart was the center and source of the whole inner life. To believing Christians, it is the resting place of God within us. It is an inner awareness that God is with us. In this passage, the man born blind was healed by Jesus and was able, for the first time in his life, to see; physically and, eventually, spiritually. His very testimony before the Pharisees can be summed up in one statement: One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see (v. 26). He was made a whole person by God! When God comes to reside in our heart, we are healed of our spiritual blindness and our eyes are opened for the first time to the wonder that is God. We too are made whole by Him. We proceed from darkness to light. From then on – every day of our life – our walk grows us in Christ. We become more like him and the light shines more brightly than ever around us and within us. Let us always continue to walk in the light that is Christ Jesus and grow ever closer to Him.

Most Heavenly Father, we pray earnestly to you to reside firmly in our hearts. Help us to grow, O’ Lord. Make us more like you every day as we come into your Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.